Sotto: Senate eyes okay of 2019 budget next Monday

Credit to Author: cbibe| Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 05:51:08 +0000

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate has targeted the approval the 2019 national budget on its second and third reading next Monday, Jan. 21, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.

Sotto disclosed on Monday the Senate has adapted the House version of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill (GAB) or the proposed budget for this year.

“Generally, the sentiment was that there’s no need for a bicam [bicameral conference committee] because we have adapted the House version,” he said.

Still, the Senate President said Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri was set to meet House Majority leader Congressman Rolando Andaya on Tuesday to talk about the possible bicameral conference committee on the national budget.


“We tasked Senator Zubiri, the majority leader, to talk to the majority leader in the House, Congressman Andaya, to find out their reason why there is a possibility that we could go into a bicam pero nothing official,” Sotto said.

“Whatever the outcome of the talks between the two majority leaders, we will take it up again and most probably that would have to be tomorrow,” he added.

The Senate aims to terminate the period of interpretations on Wednesday and the period of amendments by next Monday.

“Kaya yung Thursday to Sunday, pwedeng finishing touches yung mga submissions ng amendments. And then Monday, we approve on second and third reading,” Sotto said. /cbb


Sotto: Senate doing its best to pass 2019 national budget