Did the budget for the new Senate building eat into funds for pandemic response and other key projects?
September 23, 2021
❌LIE: “The funds for the Senate building ate into the budgets for pandemic response; key infrastructure like hospitals, schools, roads and bridges; and support for our soldiers guarding or EEZ in the West Philippine Sea.”
1. As shown by the events surrounding the 2019 budget, it is PORK that has hampered the implementation of many key projects as funds for projects are funneled to pet projects of favored lawmakers.
2. In the case of the 2019 budget, the House leadership was found to have slashed more than P72 billion from the budget of the DPWH’s Final Major Output 1 and 2, potentially affecting the implementation of key infrastructure projects.
3. There was never any connection between the funds for the Senate building (which was backed by Senators in the 17th Congress) and support for pandemic response.
4. Neither was there any connection between the funds for the Senate building and support for our soldiers guarding our EEZ in the West Philippine Sea. Besides, Sen. Lacson has shown his full support for the DND by sponsoring its yearly budget. Watch the videos of him sponsoring the budgets for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.