Senator Enrile allegedly gives out public money to senators

The reign of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile could be coming to an end. If 2012 saw him lauded by the public for what they thought was his “greatest” performance during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, 2013 is starting out to be “scandalous” for the octogenarian politician.

juan_ponce_enrileConcerned Filipinos were shocked to read reports that Enrile gave a whopping bonus of 1.6 million pesos each to 18 senators last Christmas. In one report, it was said that the funds for the alleged bonuses came from “the funds allotted for the Senate post vacated by President Aquino when he won the presidential election in 2010.”

It is interesting to note that rather than hand over unused funds back to the treasury, Enrile saw it fit to distribute the so-called “savings” to Senate employees as a personal gift. According to the same report, even drivers and security personnel in the senate got bonuses ranging from 50,000.00 to 120,000.00 pesos.

It is simply outrageous that Enrile seems to think that running the Senate is like running a company — that they are entitled to bonuses when the company makes a profit. But the funds of the Senate are not profits. They came from hardworking citizens.

What’s even more shocking is that some senators didn’t see anything wrong with what Enrile did because it turns out that senators received bonuses every year coming from the same “savings”. No wonder most people, particularly relatives of those already in Congress are desperate to be a member of Congress. They already know what they are entitled to get once there. No wonder the Senate President is pushing his son, Jack Enrile to run for the senate especially since the former could be retiring soon and won’t be getting any more “bonuses”.

Some senators even justified receiving the bonuses by saying that “under the Constitution, the heads of constitutional offices like the Senate President are given the power to realign and utilize appropriations in the budget to other existing items.” The question is, how do the senators define “existing items”? Does it include personal use of the funds or pocketing it? Of course not. Who is monitoring how the Senators spend the funds though? Apparently, no one is doing an accounting at the moment because it is only now that Senator Miriam Santiago was compelled to call on the Commission on Audit to audit the so-called “savings” or “secret funds”:

“The so-called savings of each public office has turned into a national scandal, the grandmama of all scandals. The Constitution allows savings to be used by the office at the end of the year. But in reality, the head of office manipulates the books and creates so-called savings, by refusing to fill up vacancies, or refusing to buy essential office supplies or services, or capital equipment,” Santiago said.

“These so-called “˜enforced savings’ are then distributed among the highest officials, in the guise of Christmas bonuses,” Santiago added.

Santiago’s request seems like an afterthought considering they say that this has been the practice for years. Did Senator Santiago not know this? Since the “realigning” of the unused funds by giving these to Senators as Christmas bonuses is done every year, why is it only now that this information has been publicized? Why are there senators who are making some noise about it only now? Could it have something to do with another allegation that some of the senators like Santiago, Antonio Trillanes, Allan and Peter Cayetano received less than the rest? Some people cannot help but think that these senators received less because they got under Enrile’s skin at one point or another in 2012 while most seem to just suck up to him.

It’s funny how our politicians especially old-timers like Enrile think that they can use public funds for things that will not even benefit the majority. It’s pathetic. On one hand, Congress can appropriate so much funds for their branch while on the other, there are also reports saying the governor of Albay, Joey Salceda is asking for more aid from the international community for the victims of super typhoon Pablo that devastated some parts of Mindanao. To be specific, he is seeking $65 billion in aid for the victims and damage to infrastructure. It is estimated that there are 6.2 million people in need of assistance particularly needing food supply as a result of the devastation in the region.

Instead of blaming the lack of response from the international community who are probably getting desensitized to the natural and man-made disasters occurring ever more frequently in the Philippines, Governor Salceda should look locally and ask Senators like Enrile for assistance. If members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) who receive less income than our “distinguished” senators can sacrifice their Christmas bonuses and give it to typhoon Pablo victims, surely the senators can do the same thing with the money they received, money that is not even meant for personal use.

One can’t help but wonder if Senator Enrile even thought about helping out the victims of the typhoon or any of our kababayans in need while he was “realigning” the “savings” in the senate budget. They could be far from his mind considering he is too preoccupied with the thought that someone could be plotting his ouster as Senate President. Some are thinking that by giving monetary gifts courtesy of the people’s money to the Senators, he is ensuring that he can stay as the presiding officer at least until the senatorial election is over. It appears he really does want to stick around as long as possible or until his son is voted in the senate.

Senator Enrile has been the Presiding Officer since 2008. It’s really quite annoying to think that he still gets insecure about being ousted. Come to think of it, Enrile could be one of the reasons why the Philippines remain a basketcase. He has been in politics for so long but the country hasn’t changed. Yes, the seasoned politician has not made a difference to the country at all. He’s just there going with the flow wherever the wind blows while holding on tightly to his seat. Somebody ought to knock him down to shake things up a bit.

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Jevaux A. Gallardo
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He, in my own point of view, despite the fact that this may seem so harsh, deserves a brutal cessation of life.

CASE CLOSED… =D

Chimaera
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I agree. That stupid, dumbfuck, old timer deserves a rest in PIECES.

Rita De Dios
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I still remember student activists being picked up from their houses never to be seen again during martial law. Enrile authorized all that. He even staged an ambush. But when Mayor Lim arrested him for siding with the coup d’etat during the Cory administration, he cried ! LOL

Henry Walowitz
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in time, guys like him will phase out and hopefully the new ones would bring the change we needed for a better Philippines.

OnesimusUnbound
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Hopefully, new, *better* ones.

Homer
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Forget hope. Sons or daughters of old farts will be elected, and the very few promising roses in a jungle of thorns will be ignored by the public. So what else is new?

Libertas
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Enrile and his ilk represent all that is wrong with the political system and why the country has not progressed, but actually fallen behind all other countries. Corrupt, self-serving, and a barrier to change. His longevity only reflects his lack of principles and readiness to bend to anyone in power. He will certainly not be missed, and lets hope his workshy thug of a son is not elected. We need to raise standards not lower them. We also need to stop senators getting 40 million pesos a year for nothing. Lito lapid and others are not worth 40 pesos. 2.2… Read more »
T4Man
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“Lack of quorum”. The trump card of corrupt politicians.

BlueStreak
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We should have put a somehow Draconian rule on politicians. Politicians misconducting public funds will be regarded as a traitor of the country and is hence to stripped of citizenship as well as imprisonment for life without parole.(if death penalty is NOT YET acceptable) All of his/her assets will be confiscated for public use and he/she will be barred to leave the country or petition political asylum to other countries. And lets put this Draconian law to the test on such people.(given that he indeed made a misconduct of public funds) “A position with great power and responsibility should be… Read more »
MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
You said:“a brilliant lawyer” maybe, but not a brilliant politician, and that is why her achievements are quite limited, given her ability. quips and sound bites seem to be her stock in trade, although i would say she is one of the better senators, but still wasted/unfulfilled potential. excellence is the only standard to measure by”…beg your pardon?! You are very misinformed.. to name a few of her achievements…Given the Magsaysay Award; voted number one ASIAN to the ICC; despite no bigwigs, guns, goons & gold, only relying on the youth & volunteers, Miriam would have been president in 1992… Read more »
Libertas
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“And mind you, she’s an academician & not a
politician!”

hoisted by your own petard.

r u the president of mds fan club?

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

@Libertas…no am not but I am a fan of MDS…so???!…Are you an intellectual?…try harder ok?! was just giving you facts to dispute your allegation that her “achievements are quite limited”…

Andrew
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Dog bites man; that’s not news.

Man bites dog; that’s news.

Hyden Toro
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Hey, Dude and Dudettes. It is not Enrile’s personal money. It is fun to give other people’s money away. His money is safe in foreign bank accounts. Enrile is a political opportunist.

RF Garcia
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Ilda the seasoned politician(and lawyer) did make a difference to the country after all. Did’nt he make the senate a kangaroo court so that the public can never ever again believe in any decision of the senatongs(except for a few) as long as Enrile presides over that once respected group?

T4Man
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Where is the Department of Audit on all of this? Talk about a useless bunch of do-nothing bureaucrats. This is not the first time Santiago has shown herself to be a hypocrite. She has the audacity to complain about practices that have been in place for years but she herself has done nothing to deter them. And what did she do with the PhP 250,000 she received? Will she turn it over to the Treasury? Enrile’s response to criticism is a deflection. Rather than address the accusation head on he turns it back on his accusers by stating, “I can… Read more »
T4Man
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Apparently, my harsh criticism of Sen. Santiago was, in part, unfounded.

From Business World Online: For her part, Ms. Santiago, in a statement, said she returned the amount to Mr. Enrile.

“He returned my biscuits, so I returned his cash,” she said in a radio interview yesterday, referring to a Christmas gift given to Mr. Enrile.

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

“In a statement released Wednesday, Santiago called on COA chair Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan to instruct COA auditors of the Senate and House of Representatives to examine and audit the so-called “savings” or “secret funds” available to the Senate President, House Speaker, and other heads of offices, to ensure transparency.”http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/289431/news/nation/miriam-wants-coa-to-audit-savings-of-senate-other-govt-offices

Libertas
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but she could be far more specific rather than pushing it to coa, who she knows will do nothing.
she should be the whistle blower and provide facts, affidavit etc.
a job half done is no better than not done at all

Rita De Dios
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Libertas, a case in court is not yet ripe because the COA Chief needs to be called as witness. Hence, one must know the official position of the COA CHief in this.

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
“To ensure transparency, Santiago then called on the Commission on Audit to examine and audit the so-called “savings” or “secret funds” available to the Senate President, to the Speaker, and other heads of offices. “The so-called savings of each public office has turned into a national scandal, the grandmamma of all scandals. The Constitution allows savings to be used by the office at the end of the year. But in reality, the head of office manipulates the books and creates so-called savings, by refusing to fill up vacancies, or refusing to buy essential office supplies or services, or capital equipment.… Read more »
MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

@T4man….she is a legislator primarily not a whistleblower; & not the chair of Blue Ribbon & Ethics Committee. If these committees investigate, am sure she will be to be a primary resource person ..besides she has many more things to do & is also preparing for the ICC.. why can’t you just appreciate the fact that she made these things public?!

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

pardon me T4Man… but that last reply reply was meant for Libertas… & here you might wanna read this too Libertas…http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/338191/santiago-its-more-fun-to-be-a-senator

Libertas
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thanks
as i said in reply – furtger down
one up to miriam
but talk and filing bills is not achievement.
only success is to be applauded.
thats what they signed up for/part of tge challenge.
you cant get away with good intentions alone in industry/business, only results

Rita De Dios
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Libertas, you seem to know more than the brilliant lawyer Senator Santiago. What can a senator do under the circumstances that the Senate President cannot veto ?

Rita De Dios
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Dear Mr. T4man,

I think you forgot that Senator Santiago gives ALL OF HER PORK BARREL TO THE PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL. A wing in that hospital has been named after her because her pork barrel goes to buying MRI, scans, and ultrasounds and cancer detection machines.

I think Senator Santiago was the first among the present batch of senators to introduce in 2004 a Senate Resolution cancelling all pork barrel funds. But when the REsolution was not passed, she gave all of hers to the PGH. Whats wrong with that ?

T4Man
Guest

“…Senator Santiago gives ALL OF HER PORK BARREL TO THE PHILIPPINE GENERAL HOSPITAL”

I’m sorry, I don’t understand this statement. “Pork barrel” (terrible descriptor btw) are the distributed funds for projects. Are you referring to “surplus” funds?

Libertas
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“a brilliant lawyer” maybe, but not a brilliant politician, and that is why her achievements are quite limited, given her ability.
quips and sound bites seem to be her stock in trade, although i would say she is one of the better senators, but still wasted/unfulfilled potential.
excellence is the only standard to measure by

Rita De Dios
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I am glad the Commission on Audit is mentioned. Discretionary funds are not subject to strict auditing procedures like other government funds. Thats why they are plain bribes before the campaign period. What is appalling is that SEnate employees salaries and Christmas bonuses had already been given/provided for by senators AND THEN ENRILE gives the SENATORS hundreds of millions for their own pocket before campaign period so he wont be ousted as Senate President. He is 3rd most powerful official under the Constitution. Guess whose son is running during the campaign period and who needs more votes. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Joe
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A new way to spell: SCUMBAG/THIEVING/LYING/WEASEL/RAT…

fill in the blank,here:_______________________.

Rita De Dios
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LIAR also.

Didnt he previously admit, as stated in the Inquirer article on the fake ambush that he staged the ambush ? Then in his Memoirs he denies that again. How many times does he have to lie to the Filipino people ? Terrible.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/284836/true-or-false-was-1972-enrile-ambush-faked

Libertas
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Philippine politics is a small and incestuous society where gossip rules and everybody knows everything, including the political media – so those promoting transparency and accountability in public but not exposing the reality are also guilty. Even santiago knows where the bodies are buried but had said nothing until now about the national scandal of senator/congress pay and perks, offshore accounts etc. Its time this secret society of criminals were exposed for what they are and the scale of their theft of taxpayers money highlighted. Maybe that would stir the voters to think beyond electing personalities and trapos who do… Read more »
artemis
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If I recall, I once read a comment on FB on a friend who works at the Senate, that apart from the usual bonuses they receive (the 5k from PNoy, the 25k CNA), they are to receive 97k from the Senate’s Fund, just because Enrile is very galante.

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

senators are the ones who give bonuses to employees every Christmas. The senators were not asking for a bonus. If there is surplus money, the Senate president can return it to the National treasury! Why bribe senators except for his strong desire not to be ousted by coup d’etat?!!

agalegre
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what we should do is to strongly voice out our disgust in the same manner when we were protesting erap’s corrupt presidency. we were all united then – the academe, the civil society, and the church. remember there were several schools which voiced out their respective disgust through the pages of major dailies? it’s time again to voice out our outrage! sinuswerte na ang mga lawmakers/politicos dito. there’s a constitutional provision calling for congress to enact an anti-dynasty law pero hindi naman ginagawa! yung FOI bill binabale wala! they call themselves people’s representatives but they ignore our clamor. it’s now… Read more »
agalegre
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i meant “opposition” not “outrage”. they might accuse me on inciting to sedition. hehe…

Libertas
Guest

Bill passed today for government funds(taxpayers money) to subsidise political parties!!

No time for FoI etc but this new scam is incredible, and without any media comment or public debate.

Wake up philippines

T4Man
Guest

Politicians have been finding ways to fund their campaigns from taxpayer monies for a long time. Apparently they now believe the Pinoy voter will fall for anything so they may as well be up front about it.

Libertas
Guest

true.
now it just means they will take more taxpayers money.
no wonder 1.4 million (1.7 million) professionals pay no tax.
justification – govt corruption
same as greece and look what is happening there

traffice2000
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I’m wondering who’s behind of this exposé? and its obvious another exposure to Enrile’s son senatorial campaign 🙂 whether its good or not, exposure is exposure and it will give credit to his son…

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
Voters vigorously campaign against Jack Enrile because as Cagayan representative he did not attend sessions and did not do anything for the welfare of his district! What then could he do for this country? Jack Enrile is a complete zero! But Enrile Sr. will try to buy Enrile Jr. a victory! Jack Enrile was involved in four murders: at 17, he was involved in the death of the son of an ex-military officer, Ernest Robert Lucas, during a soirée in Bel-Air, Makati. The second victim, Ricardo Manalad, Jr., president and general manager of Manalad Trucking Co., was killed at the… Read more »
OnesimusUnbound
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Well, according to rappler[1], “[h]e prefers working in the field to talk to people”. Gee, why be a congressman? :-S

[1] http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections-2013/19267-can-jack-enrile-bury-the-past

Rita De Dios
Guest

Also, why are killers in Congress ?

Libertas
Guest

one up to miriam.
unfortunately she ploughs a lone path so gains no support and her bills get no traction/support – for obvious reasons.
i dont think UNA would make this one of their battle cries – enrile, estrada, binay. corrupt, corrupter, and corruptest.
and therein lies the rub.
the alternative is actually more of the same

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

@Libertas…well at least she’s doing her bit to correct the system.. and she’s one of the very few government officials who have the chutzpah to do that… am sure she aims for good results…still, i applaud her for her uprightness & courage to go against a “seasoned” corruptor!

ImpalerTriumphant
Guest

As she used to say, she has no more future in Philippine politics.

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA

Because she will be in the International criminal Court soon…

janey
Guest

” He’s just there going with the flow wherever the wind blows while holding on tightly to his seat. Somebody ought to knock him down to shake things up a bit.” Exactly, Ilda.

Enrile, the archetypal Filipino TRAPO, should be put to pasture already. What has Cagayan, his province, to show for all the decades he has been in government? Port Irene?? LOL! As for Enrile fils, the “ghosts” of miscues past will surely haunt him.

Quick, someone call Juan “the lucky punch” Marquez!

Rita De Dios
Guest

Agree… he is old and senile….he bangs the gavel to start a Senate session then passes it on to Jinggoy Estrada to continue the session. Useless old fart. His acting in the impeachment court was to appear fair at first and then to convict Corona because he has negotiated with Malacanang for administration support for his son’s campaign. SOB

Johnny Derp
Member

I think we are already seeing the effects of their poor judgement in the impeachment trial. The senators are already starting to show their true nature to the public especially enrile.

Johnny Derp
Member

To think they betrayed corona just so they can save their useless hides. The impeachment trial was clearly a mockery of a proper trial.

Libertas
Guest
enrile likes to try and show his arrogance and superiority. as one of his superiors – intellectually, financially, and morally – then he should both bow down and bow out. we do not need such low-life. fortunately his time on this earth is very limited so let the old man live in his deluded state. his betters also know better. sad and pathetic end to a life of self-interest and intrigue, rather than serving the country. no tears will be shed as another obstacle to progress disappears into oblivion, leaving behind a legacy of corruption and human rights abuses and… Read more »
Jayson Bautista
Guest

I think this matter show the progress of corruption in the senate.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

I will say it again… corruption is still systemic in the Republic of the Philippines and the worst is yet to come.

Rita De Dios
Guest

We’re seeing it in the face ! Just look at the unwarranted bonuses of the senators. Budget Secretary Abad today said Senate “bonus” is illegal, but savings given away is not. But Enrile was caught saying bonus, in fact he said it many times.

T4Man
Guest

Yes, corruption in one form or another exists at all levels of Filipino society so I will say again, the government you have is the government you deserve.
Until the majority of citizens believe in fairness and playing by the rules nothing will change.

Ma. Lourdes Cruz
Guest

CHIZ ESCODERO, based on recent polls, would most likely be re-elected. He should be monitored closely (translation: don’t vote for him!). He is the most vocal senator in defending Enrile. He is saying that what Enrile did is completely legal.

It is beyond me, how the electorate can vote for someone who condones corruption in the government

Libertas
Guest

escudero in 2011 saln only puts his total wealth and assets at 8 million pesos – he should be audited and investigated by AMLAC. his house is worth more than that. and do you think heart evangelista would entertain such a pauper.
it really is a scandal – all the more so because tgese people actually do very little and achieve even less.
even those that turn up usually disappear straight after roll call. – pressing business – with the mistress!
maybe alcoholic escudero has spent all his money on wine and women. he is not the sharpest tool in the box.

Geri Escalderon
Guest

This is really sad… My wife is a teacher and she only received 5000 PHP as pampalubag loob for working so hard same to all TEACHERS nationwide. This SENATORS received HUNDRED of THOUSAND of PESOS and some received MILLIONS as BONUS and yet they are not happy with what they have and still voicing out their frustrations. HOW MUCH DO THEY NEED OR THINK THEY DESERVED?!!!

Jayson Bautista
Guest

Guys, all senators are entitled to received bonus equally because all of them do their job and I am very disappoint to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile what he had done to the 4 senators. Why it just 4 senators only just received 250K? This must be audit or he is manipulating senate for his own interest.
People of the PHILIPPINES. VOTE WISELY.

MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
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MARY GRACE SANCHEZ PLENA
Sen. MDS said the amount of the bonus this year is “unconscionable” compared sa mga nakalipas na taon. Kahit sinasabi ng COA na legal ang ginawa ni Enrile, hindi pa rin makatarungan na ipamigay ang P1.6M sa iilang mga Senador at sabihing pang MOOE nila iyon. Pera iyon ng bayan! Parang ginawa nilang pork barrel ang savings ng senado! Dapat isoli ng mga senador ang P1.6milyon na binigay ni tandang Johnny! Gagamitin lang ng iba iyon para sa pangangampanya nila e! Ang swerte naman ng mga nakakuha ng P1.6 milyon! Ililiquidate ba nila yun? E diba linista iyon as MOOE?… Read more »
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