Philippines' Duterte vows to fix row in parliament to avoid budget delay
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed to resolve a leadership dispute in the country's parliament, fearing disputes among his allies could delay the approval of a $ 89 billion budget to rebuild his own troubled economy is vital.
"Either you solve your impasse and pass the budget legally and constitutionally. If you don't do this, I'll do it for you," said Duterte in a televised address, without saying how he was going to solve it.
The dispute over an agreement on the apportionment of the term of office for the role of Speaker in the House of Commons threatens to delay the adoption of the budget for next year, which Duterte cannot afford as he faces the enormous task imposed by before his six-year term in office Reviving coronavirus-hit economy ends in June 2022.
Duterte has asked Congress to approve a record $ 4.3 trillion ($ 88.76 billion) budget for 2021 to fund key infrastructure projects that are expected to create much-needed jobs as the pandemic has left millions of unemployed people.
The Branding Leader, whose allies dominate both Houses of Congress, warned "I'll do my thing" if nothing happens in the next few days.
The World Bank has announced that the Philippine economy could contract as much as 6.9% this year, which is worse than the government's forecast 5.5% decline.
(Reporting by Karen Lema; editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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