Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today said that that Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno is practically blackmailing Congress with his dangling of a supplemental budget that the House of Representatives is seeking for this year to compensate for the proposed cuts in some agencies’ coffers for next year. “With Sec. Diokno saying that “there’s a possibility” for the executive to submit a supplemental budget if Congress passed all the remaining tax reform packages, he is blackmailing congressmen to agree with the anti-people TRAIN 2 which would again cause a spike in the prices of goods and services,” said the progressive solon.
“Ni hindi pa nga nakakarekober ang mga consumer sa pagtaas ng mga bilihin dahil sa TRAIN 1 ay gusto nilang ipasa na agad ang TRAIN 2. Kung titignang mabuti mahigit doble pa ang itataas ng mga bilihin sa 2019 kapag hindi naibasura ang TRAIN 1 at ipinatupad din ang TRAIN 2,” added the Davao-based solon. “I am calling on my collegueas in the House of Representatives to stand with the people and not be blackmailed or bullied by Sec.Diokno,” ended Rep.Zarate.###