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Ermita: Inflation behind hike in Palace travel budget

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 17:54:00 09/24/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The P1-billion increase Malacañang wants for its travel expenses in the proposed 2009 national budget is because of inflation and is not “unnecessarily bloated,” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

Malacañang is seeking a P7.7-billion budget for the travel expenses of 26 government agencies in 2009, up from P6.7 billion this year.

“It is not unnecessarily bloated, if people might think it is. It is a regular increase because of some factors like inflation,” Ermita said.

Ermita explained that a roundtrip plane ticket from Manila to Mindanao had almost doubled in price due to high fuel prices.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and a “lean” delegation are in New York for an official visit. She will be back in the country on Saturday.

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