NTF-ELCAC’s 2022 budget should be restored to its original amount — Duterte

Simeon Celi, Presidential Photo/File

President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday, December 2, 2021, that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s (NTF-ELCAC) budget for 2022, which had been substantially cut by senators, should be restored to its original amount.

During a simultaneous meeting of the NTF-ELCAC and anti-insurgency authorities from the Zamboanga Peninsula region, Duterte said this.

Senators reduced P24 billion from the NTF-ELCAC’s proposed P28 billion budget last month. Senator Sonny Angara, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, claimed the sum has been increased from P4 billion to roughly P10 billion during a hearing on Wednesday.

Duterte said he was hesitant to return to politics, but said the decision to cut the funding, as well as other actions taken by the upper chamber, led him to seek a position in Congress. He had previously submitted his senatorial candidacy certificate.

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