MANILA – House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Wednesday the 2019 proposed national budget will be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte anytime soon.

Arroyo made the remark amidst word-war between House Appropriations Committee chairman Rolando Andaya Jr. and Senate President Vicente Sotto III on budget cuts done in the General Appropriations Bill.

Although Malacañang has given them a date, Arroyo declined to specify when.

The President, according to Arroyo, is probably just finalizing on which items will be vetoed in the national budget.

“Every year the President does line item vetoes so they are just working on what will be the line item vetoes,” the House Speaker added.

Until the President signs the budget for this year, the government will continue to operate on a reenacted budget.