There is no need for the government to earmark a separate budget for a plebiscite on the proposed shift to federalism, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday.
This is because the plan was to make the plebiscite a “rider” in the 2019 senatorial elections, according to Diokno.
“I don’t need see any need for a separate budget for plebiscite because the plan is to have the plebiscite to coincide with the local elections,” he told reporters at a pre-State of the Nation forum in Pasay City.
Diokno said the “yes” or “no” question could be integrated in the 2019 polls ballot. “I don’t see any [need for a budget] for that,” he said.
The Consultative Committee (Con-com) tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to propose amendments to the 1987 Constitution approved last week a final draft for a federal constitution.
The President received and approved the draft charter on Monday. He is expected to formally indorse it to Congress.