President Rodrigo Duterte will miss his self-imposed deadline of signing the proposed P5.024-trillion national budget for 2022 on Dec. 28, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Monday.

In a message to reporters, Sotto said Duterte’s office gave no reason for postponing the signing.

“Postponed daw ang signing…[They] will inform daw of new date,” he said.

The proposed budget, the most expensive in history, was ratified by the Senate and the House of Representatives through a bicameral committee on Dec. 15.

Duterte was expected to sign it on Dec. 28.

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, a long-time aide of the president, said Duterte might sign the budget into law on Dec. 30, according to a CNN Philippines report.

Duterte has to sign the 2022 budget by Dec. 31, or else the country would have a reenacted budget next year. John Ezekiel J. Hirro