Enrile defends provision on school building funds

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile defended yesterday a provision in the 2009 budget of the Department of Education, which provided for the concurrence of congressmen before construction projects are started in their respective districts.

Enrile said he does not see anything wrong with such a provision in the budget.

He, however, denied responsibility for the inclusion of the provision because he has relinquished his chairmanship of the finance committee. Enrile said he was not in the bicameral committee when the agreement was reached.

“Because the congressmen would determine where the school buildings will be located, what barangays, what towns. They know the condition of the needs of the districts. I don’t think they will make money out of that,” Enrile said.

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