Here’s the response of incoming finance secretary Benjamin Diokno to Karen Davila after saying, “walang pera ang gobyerno”
KAREN DAVILA – The broadcaster received a lecture from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor and incoming Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno after she said, “walang pera ang gobyerno.”
In an interview, Karen told Diokno that he will face lots of challenges as incoming finance secretary since the country’s funds are lacking.
She cited that the budget department has recommended a 200 billion peso increase for 2023 in lieu of the first year of Marcos administration.
According to her, some would say it won’t be enough considering the needs post-pandemic. She then asked him, what’s his plan as an incoming finance secretary.
For Diokno, the country is now in a better position despite the crisis that the Philippines went through.
He stressed that the Philippines now has more foreign reserves.
Diokno is also confident that the government would pay its debt since the Duterte administration is leaving with a good tax structure.
He lauded the Build, Build, Build program of the current admin that would help boost the economy.
The interview earned mixed reactions from the netizens.
Diokno, an incumbent governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) was appointed by the Marcos administration to be the next finance secretary.
Meanwhile, here are the personalities who have accepted BBM’s offer to become part of his Cabinet:
- Vice President-elect Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio (Department of Education)
- Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Benhur Abalos (Department of the Interior and Local Government)
- Atty. Vic Rodriguez (Executive Secretary)
- Cavite 7th District Rep. Boying Remulla (Department of Justice)
- Former Philippine Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan (National Economic and Development Authority)
- Former labor chief Bienvenido Laguesma (Department of Labor and Employment)
- Migrant workers advocate Susan “Toots” Ople (Department of Migrant Workers)
- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Benjamin Diokno (Department of Finance)
- Ex-UP President Alfredo Pascual (Department of Trade and Industry)
- Ex-congressman Antonio Lagdameo Jr. (Special Assistant to the President)
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