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The administration cannot use the 2016 national budget for the campaign of its candidates, Senate finance committee chairman Francis Escudero has assured the public.
“The mechanisms are in place to ensure that funds under the 2016 General Appropriations Act will not be used as campaign kitty,” Escudero said.
He said among the measures is the strict application of line-item budgeting, which would ensure transparency in public spending.
“By itemizing, we are able to control spending as it gives us a better idea of where all the funds go. It’s what you see is what you get, crystal clear and transparent,” he said.
Escudero said Congress has provided mechanisms to pinpoint accountability for lost or misappropriated funds.
Apart from line-item budgeting, Escudero said Congress also imposed additional and stricter reportorial requirements.
“If there are shenanigans in the use of public funds, it would be easier to catch them under the current system in place,” he said.
“God has decreed that one shall not steal and yet people still steal. But in this budget, we can guarantee that if anyone steals, it would be easier to catch them,” he added.