Second District Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s veto of the P93.5-billion worth of allotments in the P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.
“Dako ang ang pagsuporta sa desisyon sa presidente ug pagrespeto tungod kay gusto usab nako nga dili usik-usikan ang kwarta sa katawhan,” said Aumentado.
Aumentado said he respected Duterte’s decision, even as the supposed “insertions” reportedly included P300 million for road concreting in Bohol’s second district.
The vetoed provisions included appropriations inserted in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which, according to Malacañang, “are not within the programmed priorities.”
“I submit myself to the wisdom of the President in his veto,” said Aumentado.
The reelectionist congressman said he is optimistic that the province will later get prioritization in the allotment of funds through Leoncio Evasco, Jr. if he is elected governor.
“With the full trust of the President in the capacity of Jun Evasco, he will not have second thoughts in bankrolling projects good for the Boholanos since he knows that Evasco will eliminate wastage and corruption in the implementation of the projects,” he said.
Evasco and Aumentado are both members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and local coalition Pundok Tinuod Bol-anon.
Evasco is a longtime ally of Duterte. He was Duterte’s campaign manager during the 2016 presidential elections. (A. Doydora)