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“All agencies not entitled to confidential and intelligence funds (CIFs) because of the nature of their functions and the extent of their mandate must be deprived of secret funds in their entirety and a mere reduction must not suffice”, according to Albay Re. Edcel C. Lagman.

Lagman was reacting to reports that the questionable allocations of confidential and intelligence funds to some agencies will only be reduced. 

He added that “there is no rhyme nor reason for an agency not entitled to CIFs to retain any appropriation at all as an ‘accommodation’ or ‘courtesy’ allocation.” 

Lagman underscored that “non-entitlement to CIFs is absolute and deprivation of appropriation must be total.”