‘Thanks, but why spare Palace, Senate pork?’

MANILA, Philippines --- Progressive party-list groups on Tuesday welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte's veto on House insertions in the 2019 spending law, but they remained skeptical on why he kept intact billions-worth of alleged pork insertions by senators. Bayan Muna and ACT Teachers party-list warned that the president's veto should not be an immediate cause for celebration. Makabayan senatorial bet Neri Colmenares, who is Bayan Muna chair, said the President should have vetoed all pork barrel allocations, including those allotted by senators for agencies under the Office of the President. "President Duterte should have also vetoed senatorial pork which Congressman [Roland...Keep on reading: ‘Thanks, but why spare Palace, Senate pork?’

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