Kalbaryong kausap! Pro-Junjun councilors want Makati’s budget slashed by P244M

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The special session called by Makati Mayor Abby Binay to pass the city’s P18.17-billion budget for 2019 finally pushed through on January 30, but the appropriations ordinance still has yet to be passed.

The impasse over the budget’s approval continues after councilors allied with former mayor Junjun Binay proposed to slash the city’s appropriations by P244 million.

The councilors who wanted a budget cut were Nemesio Yabut Jr., Divina Jacome, Shirley Aspillaga, Grazielle Iony de Lara-Bes, Ferdinand Eusebio, Leonardo Magpantay, Romeo Medina, Nelson Pasia, Arlene Ortega, Mary Ruth Tolentino, Marie Alethea Casal-Uy, and Evelyn Delfina Villamor.

Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, who presided over the session, warned that the budget cuts proposed by Junjun’s allies will affect some of Makati’s important programs.

“These budget cuts will have serious repercussions on each department’s ability to serve our constituents. Furthermore, these cuts will hamper the execution of programs and projects across various sectors – including health, education, public safety, senior care, employment programs, and disaster management, among others,” she said.