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Binay budget cut approved

The Senate approved yesterday the reduced P217-million budget for the office of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay for next year.

The proposed P417.2-million budget for the Vice President next year was slashed by almost one-half after Binay called for the abolition of his proposed P200-million “pork barrel” or Priority Development Assistance Fund for 2014.

The approval of Binay’s reduced budget in yesterday morning’s plenary session presided over by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon was formally sought by Sen. Francis Joseph G. Escudero, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Although the presence of Binay during the Senate deliberations on the proposed P2.26-trillion national budget for next year was sought by Drilon, the presence of the Vice President’s daughter, Sen. Nancy Binay, there was enough.

Sen. Binay then asked the Senate Finance Committee for the approval of the budget of the Office of the
Vice President “because I might not have a home to go to tonight because I am still staying with the Vice President.’’ (Mario B. Casayuran)