PALACE  URGES  CONGRESS ANEW  TO SPEED UP PASSAGE OF  2006 BUDGET

MALACANANG, January 19, 2006, (OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY) Malacañang reiterated today its call for Congress to speed up the passage of the P1.05-trillion national budget for 2006 to sustain the strong recovery surge of the country’s economy.

Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said lawmakers should put their act together since the early passage of the 2006 national budget is in their hands instead of blaming the administration for its delay.

"It is unfair that we are being made the scapegoat for the sluggishness of some legislators in performing their duty – to the detriment of the people. We have consistently made clear our intention to have the 2006 budget enacted," Bunye said in a statement.

A newspaper report today quoted a senator as saying the House of Representatives and the Executive department are delaying the passage of the 2006 national budget allegedly in connection with the proposed Charter change.

Malacañang had repeatedly called for the early passage of the national budget to push the government’s pro-poor agenda and the country’s economic takeoff and in the interest of public welfare and good governance.

Bunye said the administration also leaves the decision to amend the Charter in the hands of Congress either through a Constitutional Convention, a Constituent Assembly or the People’s Initiative mode as proposed by the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP).

"We urge our lawmakers to get their act together for the nation and cease the endless bickering and muddling the issues of the budget and Charter change," Bunye said.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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