MANILA, Philippines — The Palace may be accused of using government funds for political purposes if it will continue to withhold the “For Later Release” (FLR) funds in the 2021 national budget, House Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez said Friday.
Rodriguez made the remark after the Department and Management (DBM) bared that some P140 billion in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) funds tagged as FLR had been submitted to the Office of the President (OP) for review.
These are appropriations introduced by lawmakers in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“The Department of Budget and Management has effectively hijacked these funds by withholding them. The President should direct the DBM to immediately release the money,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
“The President, who has…