Senate, House bloat pork barrel by P19 billion

Senators and congressmen have agreed on bloated pork barrel funds for this year or some P19 billion more than in 2008.

The bloating came in the form of huge increases in the budgets of agencies and lump-sum appropriations where pork barrel funds are usually hidden.

The adjustments unraveled as Congress ratified yesterday the P1.415-trillion budget for this year.

MalacaƱang said it welcomed the ratification but said its economic managers would still review the changes in the measure.

As approved by the House on Wednesday night and by the Senate yesterday, the Department of Public Works and Highways led the agencies that received the biggest increase at P9.4 billion. This pushed the DPWH budget from P120.5 billion to P129.9 billion.

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