Bongbong Marcos earlier asks the Supreme Court to dismiss the counter-protest of Vice President Leni Robredo over his electoral protest. The Marcos camp stresses Robredo’s failure to pay the first tranche of ₱8 M on time. Eventually, she settled it at a later date. Now, the second tranche of ₱7 M is long overdue. The deadline is not yet set by the PET. Marcos seems to ignore this but his supporters question the SC’s leniency towards the VP. That is even followed by the swift approval of her P443.946 M OVP budget by the House of Representatives appropriations committee.
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[VIDEO]: VP Leni Robredo, nagpaliwanag kaugnay sa budget ng OVP
Vice President Leni Robredo personally attends the House appropriations committee budget hearing. Chairperson Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles said the committee would dispense with the presentation of the budget as a courtesy to Robredo.
Ally Moved to Dispense
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman also moves to dispense with the OVP’s budget deliberation. “We move to dispense with the presentation of the budget. This is a due courtesy to the Office of the Vice President,” Lagman said. Lagman is known for his criticizing the first 100 days of the Du30 administration and the President’s war on drugs.
Robredo said the OVP’s budget may have increased by three percent, but it incurred a huge cut on its maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE). The OVP proposesP443.946 million for 2018. That is up by 3.58 percent from P428.618 million in 2017. This is net of the Retirement and Life Insurance Premiums. The MOOE of the OVP, however, went down by 2.32 percent. The MOOE of P357.324 million in 2017 decreases to P349.029 million for 2018.
OVP Money Matters
This news about the OVP’s money matters is very timely just after Robredo’s petition to the SC to allow them to help her settle her counter protest balance was rejected by PET. People can’t help but connect this with her money problems. One thing is certain. Her office will be under close watch as far as auditing is concerned.