Duterte vetoes nat’l budget provision on disclosure of intel funds spending to Congress

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a provision in the 2021 national budget requiring the disclosure to Congress how intelligence funds would be spent.

In his veto message made public on Tuesday, Duterte said “all activities involving intelligence gathering that have a direct impact on national security and public safety shall be reported directly to me.”

“Consequently, I have to directly veto the proviso…which effectively requires the submission of quarterly reports on the use of intelligence funds to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate of the Philippines,” Duterte added.

The President further noted that “ma…

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