On claims that there is no ‘pork’ in the 2018 national budget

That’s what the Department of Budget and Management and the House appropriations committee always say before, during and after our budget deliberations.

However, how do they explain:

1) the big lump sums in several agencies like DPWH, DepEd, DA, etc;
2) why legislators in both houses of Congress are being asked to submit lists of their projects just before the period of amendments of the appropriations bill or even before that;
3) the billboards in some jurisdictions/districts where some congressmen boldly claim that ongoing projects are theirs;
4) how would they account or explain the PHP8.3 billion that we discovered and realigned to fund the free tuition of students in state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the 2017 General Appropriations Act?

Let’s be honest to our people and to ourselves.

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