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Zarate says 2018 appropriations bill a ‘martial law’ budget

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Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate described the proposed 2018 national budget as a “martial law budget” aimed at boosting the government’s armed and security forces.

“In effect this is also a Martial law budget. The measures and agencies that suppress rights and ensure that the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer are the ones being funded by our taxpayers money,” the Makabayan congressman said in a statement.

Zarate noted that a huge chunk of the 2018 budget in fact would go to the armed and security forces.

He noted funding earmarked for the following:
Budget for body cameras for the Philippine National Police (PNP) members amounting to P334 million (up from the initial allocation of P100 million)
Acquisition of two single-engine helicopters with a funding of P451 million.
Housing for PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) members worth P952 million (up from the realigned P900 million OPLAN Double Barrel fund)
Increase of police stations’ funds by adding P850 million to their Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).