Lagman: House recalls budget version


For the sake of the economy and the country, the House of Representatives has recalled the 2019 budget it had earlier submitted to the Senate for signing.

In a statement, Rep. Edcel Lagman said “(t)he withdrawal by the House leadership of its endorsement to Senate President Vicente Sotto III of the enrolled appropriations bill is to show good faith for the holding of immediate meaningful dialogues to finally resolve the impasse, and spare the economy and the people of the detrimental and adverse effects of a prolonged reenacted budget.”

Speaking as the leader of the “Magnificent 7” opposition bloc in the House, Lagman added that “I am supporting the House version of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) because I find it completely constitutional and legal.”

He described the House version of the budget measure as “entirely compliant with the ratified bicameral conference committee report” and emphasized that he would never support any House action or measure “which violates the constitution and relevant statutes.”

He said that the House version “is free from any constitutional or legal infirmities.”

Drawing on his experience as a former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Lagman disclosed that “traditionally and invariably, what the bicameral conference committee approves are the respective expenditure ceilings of the departments and agencies, but the Senate and the House are authorized separately to complete the details within the ceilings”.

He assured that “the House version did not breach the approved ceilings.”