Aquino unlikely to ask Congress for extra budget

Posted at 07/07/2010 4:13 PM | Updated as of 07/07/2010 7:10 PM

MANILA,  Philippines -  President Benigno Aquino III said he was not looking to ask Congress for a supplementary budget after the previous government spent about 60 percent of its expenditure plan in the first half of 2010.

"I'm not ready to ask for a supplemental budget and I would, if possible, would not want to ask for one," Aquino told reporters on Wednesday, adding his government would try to "practice austerity as much as possible."