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article imageSenate to look into the P800 million foreign trip budget

By John Louie S. Ramos     Jun 22, 2009 in World
In this difficult financial times, one layman might wonder: Is an P 800 million (roughly $16 million) foreign trip budget still necessary nowadays?
According to opposition senator Panfilo Lacson, president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spent as much as P 800 million in foreign trips last year.
Lacson wants the government to justify each budgetary expense as necessary and added that they will look upon the vast expenditures of the president and his "official delegates" when session resumes next month.
Similarly, senator Chiz Escudero said that the foreign trips are very expensive, especially given the present economic crisis. He further stated that money spent in these travels can be spent for more important needs.
On the president's side, press secretary Cerge Remonde retaliated back saying that the foreign trips yield beneficial and productive results for the country.
He also noted the president's recent four-day working visit to Japan, in which the president witnessed the signing of a $500 million financial aid to the Philippines.
Remonde also hinted that the president still has “two to three" more foreign trips before her term ends in June next year.
At the moment, president Arroyo together with some members of her cabinet are in Brazil and are hoping to bring home yet another beneficial deals.
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