No budget for 2019… yet

PHILIPPINES - In Brief 04 Jan 2019 by Romeo Bernardo

2018 ended with congress failing to pass the executive’s proposed 2019 national budget, the result of an apparent spat between the two co-equal branches of government. The disagreement started back in mid-2018 on the technical issue of the executive’s proposed “cash” vs. previous years’ “obligation” budget,[1] but has since turned political with the budget document apparently caught in a power struggle between the economic managers and the leadership of the lower house. The spat went on full display during a “Question Hour” in December when the budget secretary, Benjamin Diokno, was invited...

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