Lacson decries ‘disinformation job’ to discredit him
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson said Saturday he does not know whether the Executive branch is behind a disinformation job to discredit him because of his anti-pork barrel advocacy.
Lacson, chairman of the Senate National Defense and Security Committee, noted the disinformation appeared after Malacañang and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) withheld at least P80 billion in congressional realignments made by some lawmakers, at the expense of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” flagship program.
“Without imputing malice to the mayor, this may be a hatchet job intended to put me in a bad light since I have consistently and diligently advocated for the active involvement of the LGUs in the preparation of national budget and their just share in the allocation of funds,” he said.
Such a disconnect effectively shut out far-flung towns and provinces from much-needed funding for their development programs, and prompted a culture of mendicancy and the doleout mentality of local government officials, who seek out lawmakers for funding for their development projects.
“What is important is to end this big disconnect between the needs and priorities of LGUs and the national budget. So long as this disconnect exists, poor provinces will get poorer because they cannot get the funding for the projects that will address their needs and priorities,” he added.
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