By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – Fourth District Gina de Venecia hailed the “impartiality” of President Benigno Simeon Aquino on the distribution of the proceeds of the Road User’s Tax and the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
De Venecia said each of the 286 members of the House of Representatives would be fairly given the P15 million highway tax that was just approved recently in the 3rd Reading by the Lower House.
She said that even the members of the opposition in the House would benefit on it.
The P15 million is on top of the P70 million PDAF given every year to each of the 286 solons.
“Opposition binigyan. Pero noong panahon ni President Gloria Arroyo maski isang kusing po walang ibinigay po dito sa distrito (4th) natin na galing sa Road Users Board Tax na mga programa gaya ng pag pa-repair ng mga kalye,” she stressed.
She added that congressional insertion is a thing of the past. She explained that after President Aquino took power, he struck it out as a policy of his government.
Congressional insertion is a budget in the national appropriation intended to favored lawmakers.
“Bawal na po ang insertion. Ang lahat na nag naglagay ng insertion na mga congressmen si Presidente Noy e hinindian na po. Inalis po sa budget,’ she said.
Meanwhile, De Venecia said the impeachment case of Ombudsperson Mercedita Guiterrez at the House o could be elevated anytime to the Senate. However she was ambivalent if the unpopular Ombudsperson could be impeached there.
“Ang naririnig ko po sa mga kasamahan ko, baka ma-impeached siya sa congreso. Pero pag akyat daw sa Senado sabi nila hindi po enough ang reason. So we will see how it will go,” she explained