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Pending a thorough perusal of the President’s 2024 National Expenditure Program (NEP) which was submitted this morning to the House of Representatives, it is opportune to remind Congressmembers that while the President proposes the national budget, it is the Congress, more particularly the House of Representatives, which disposes and approves the national budget through the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).

The Supreme Court decision declaring unconstitutional Republic Act No. 11935, which again postponed the barangay and SK elections (BSKE), sustains my position and those of a few other legislators that the challenged statute violates the Constitution.

If former Sen. Leila de Lima is not granted bail, she remains incarcerated for another nine months, the period within which Supreme Court judicial administrator Raul Villanueva ordered the Muntinlupa RTC trying the last case against De Lima to render judgment.