Senate approves P8.9-B ’23 budget for Office of the President

Senate approves P8.9-B ’23 budget for Office of the President

By Liza Soriano

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MANILA — The Senate panel on Thursday approved the P8.9 billion proposed budget of the Office of the President (OP) for 2023.

The said budget includes P4.5 billion in confidential and intelligence funds.

Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mark Villar moved that the proposed 2023 budget of the Office of the President be deemed submitted for the upper chamber’s approval

No senator objected to Villar’s motion, prompting the approval of the OP budget.

Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, sponsor of the 2023 General Appropriations Bill (GAB), defended the need for the President to have his own share in intelligence funds as “he is not just a user, but a gatherer of information” as well.

“There may be individuals who are not willing to give [intelligence] to a large organization and expose themselves. But if they know that that information is going [directly] to the President, then that would encourage them to give that information,” Angara said

The Senate has been holding marathon plenary debates on the proposed national budget for next year, which totals P5.268 trillion. (ai/mtvn)

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