It was a victory for the Senate, which firmly opposed last-minute changes made to the budget bill by the House of Representatives that it considered unconstitutional. ADVERTISEMENTExecutive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said in a text message that the vetoed items were not found to be unconstitutional, but were just not among the programmed priorities. “Hooray, Senate,” Sotto said in a brief message to reporters from Bangkok. President Duterte tried to break the deadlock by calling the senators and the representatives to a meeting in the Palace, but both sides refused to budge. With the signing of the 2019 budget, Malacañang now shifts from the reenacted 2018 budget, on which it has been operating since January.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer April 15, 2019 23:26 UTC