Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon calls 1PACMAN party-list Rep. Mikee Romero’s accusations as “misplaced and baseless.” IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Drilon said state agencies should followthe cash-based budgeting system, which allows funds to be disbursed within thefiscal year and if unused it will go back to the Bureau of Treasury. “Hindina po kailangan ang emergency power, siguroemergency attention. Tutok lang. Pag emergency, maraming diskumpiyado d’yan kung ano ang mangyayari,” Drilon saidin DZMM radio program. “May sapat napondo, may sapat reglamento on the ground para mapabilisan ang trabaho ng mgaproyekto.” “Wala pong problema, we will finish thebudget on time,” he said. (ABS-CBN News/PN) The Senate will likely pass next year’sspending plan by end of November, Drilon said. Last week, government expanded its infrapush to 100 projects to focus on more “feasible” ones. ‘Emergency powers’ for Duterte to move ‘Build, Build, Build’ readied in House The senator said the chief of theDepartment of Budget Management told him that he himself was frustrated withgovernment agencies’ slow spending of funds. Drilon earlier called government’sinfrastructure program a “dismal failure,” with only nine out of 75 projectsthat have started construction. MANILA – The government needs to focuson its infrastructure projects instead of granting emergency powers forPresident Rodrigo Duterte to manage underspending, opposition Sen. FranklinDrilon said. Drilon made the remark after Albay Rep. Joey Salceda said he wouldfile a measure seeking “emergency powers” for Duterte to roll out his “Build,Build, Build” program faster. “Sinabipa nga niya out of exasperation, one of these days, ang Pangulo na mismo ang papipirmahin ko ng memo na nag-uutos sa mga Cabinet members na bilisan ang kanilang execution,”Drilon said.