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House OKs P2.268-T 2014 budget on Second reading

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MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Saturday pass on second reading the proposed P2.268 trillion 2014 national budget, even as lawmakers rush to include their respective congressional infrastructure projects under the now “porkless” expenditure program.

 

With viva voce mode of voting, the ayes have it so Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., bang his gavel around 2:18 a.m. of Saturday as he declared the passage of the 2014 budget under House Bill 2630 for 2nd reading.

There were over 100 party members in the House of Representatives who endorsed the removal of the P25.2 billion lump sum appropriations for the discretionary fund but this do not mean sudden death to the controversial lump sum budget because it was realigned to six implementing agencies while the P200-million Priority Development Assistance Fund (pork barrel) of the office of Vice President Jejomar Binay which he requested to remove has been stricken out of the proposed 2014 budget.

On August 23, President Aquino announced that it was high time to abolish the PDAF amid the widespread public outrage triggered by its misuse.

Congress goes on three-week recess and will be back on October 14, the resumption of session -- this time to concentrate on committee and individual amendments and pass the measure on 3rd and final reading on or before October 25.

During the three-week recess, all chairmen of standing committees and special committees are allowed to conduct hearings.

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