MANILA -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday, August 16, took exception to the statement of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia that “political noise” could put the projected economic growth at risk.
Pernia and other members of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) were at the Senate to brief senators on the proposed P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018.
During his presentation, Pernia said a possible “rising political noise” is one of the “risks and uncertainties” that could affect the country’s economic growth.
Drilon, a member of the former ruling Liberal Party (LP), asked Pernia what he meant by political noise.
“Political noise is really a general expression...It can be from any sector of the society...[like] labor...Protests, for example...Demonstrations,” Pernia said.
Pernia also answered in the affirmative when Drilon asked him if he considers criticisms to the Duterte administration as political noise.
“My goodness gracious, so you’re saying that this is a risk to growth?” Drilon asked Pernia. The Cabinet secretary answered: “It would lead to disunity.”
“So we cannot criticize because we will be considered as causing disunity to the nation?” Drilon said.
Pernia then replied: “Well, ideally, we should all be united, right? To achieve our common goal.” He added that political noise could also come from the international community.
Drilon said Pernia should be careful in the terms he uses as he represents the views of the Duterte administration.
“Just be careful with your language because you are a Cabinet secretary and your statement reflects the sentiment of this administration in so far as planning is concerned. And when you say that the risk includes political noise, that is very disturbing of the trend of your thinking,” Drilon told Pernia. — GMA News
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