On the Claims of Reps. Andaya and Bravo on the 2019 Budget

On Rep. Andaya's Claims of Senate Realignments in the Budget

There is nothing new in what Rep. Andaya said. The P75 billion he is referring to was taken up during the interpellation in the Senate. That was the amount inserted by then DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno in the DPWH budget, and which was slashed after the DPWH said it was not aware of it.

The P23 billion - not P25 billion as Rep. Andaya claimed - refers to the individual amendments of some senators, which I exposed.

I am not aware of any single senator who has made changes to the budget, after it was approved in the bicameral conference level. If Rep. Andaya can provide more details, such as the text message from a certain Ms. Salamanca, I will join him in denouncing such practice because it is not only in violation of the legislative process, but in violation of the Constitution itself.

On Rep. Bravo's Claims of 'Vendetta'

Rep. Bravo's opinion reflects his true character.

I am a forgiving person. I have forgiven those who have wronged me.

This is not about Speaker Arroyo. This is not about any congressman or senator. This is about my personal crusade against the pork barrel system. This is about the national budget, which is the lifeblood of our country.

Source: Senate of the Philippines