Tuesday, September 20, 2005

NR0919:Budget deficit due to corruption, loss revenues due to privatization, liberalization

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release September 19, 2005

Budgetary deficit due to widespread corruption in top government offices including the executive; 2006 budget reveals misplaced priorities and explanation why revenues are lost

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the assertion of Malacanang allies that the unliquidated cash advance of public officials and government employees was one of the reasons for the massive budget deficit of the government was a shameless excuse on the part of Malacanang. “The deficit in the national budget continues to grow because of the widespread corruption in the highest offices of government including the executive. Because the national government stubbornly insists on selling and privatizing vital industries which could, under a nationalized regime, generate billions of income for the government that could be funneled for genuine economic support services for the people, more income is lost and no revenues are generated,” he said.

“Unliquidated cash advances are drops of water compared to the sea of corruption in the government. The top executives in the various government departments and agencies have done essentially nothing to cut down on their personal expenses being projected on paper as professional expenses or expenditures incurred while performing their functions as officials,” he said. “They pass off their expenses for their own luxury cars, mansions and even trips abroad as professional in nature and thus should be shouldered by the department’s budget. On the other hand, it’s not fair to blame the rank and file government employees whose benefits and salaries have not increased or increased in the last five years,” he said.

In the meantime, the veteran labor leader turned legislator that the most cursory glance of the proposed budget for the 2006 fiscal year was enough to convince anyone of the twisted priorities of the national government, and provide possible explanations as to why the economy continues to deteriorate. “The national government’s program of privatization and economic liberalization are the core of the destruction of local industries and the loss of jobs and livelihood for millions of Filipinos and potential taxpayers. Big businesses also to continue their tax-holidays and other perks which result to the govenrment’s losing of billions of potential revenues,” he said.#


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