Budget crisis could turn into a constitutional conundrumBy ANTONIO CONTRERAShome/Opinion/Op-Ed Columns/Budget crisis could turn into a constitutional conundrumIT appears that the crisis is not about the country not having money to spend, considering that Congress is confident enough to initially pass a whopping P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. The budget crisis appears to be happening because we have members of Congress who ignored the ruling of the Supreme Court. This is magnified by a Constitution that talks of a bicameral Congress, but is still haunted by the ghosts of the initial intent of its framers to have a unicameral one. One of the consequences of this is that Congress must discontinue its practice of having lump-sum appropriations in the budget. And what heightens the conundrum is that the Constitution is in itself vague, and there is no existing jurisprudence on the matter.
Source: Manila Times March 15, 2019 16:30 UTC