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Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Loren Legarda on Wednesday denied having received a P1.6 million  cash gift from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile last Christmas but said if the money had been set aside for her she would use it for a resettlement program for people in areas ravaged by Typhoon “Pablo.”

Legarda, who visited typhoon-devastated areas in New Bataan and Monkayo towns in Compostela Valley; and Mati in Davao Oriental the past two days, told reporters  she had to check first with the Department of Finance as soon as she got back to Manila if there was indeed a cash gift for her.

She said as far as she knew, she never received money from Enrile last Christmas.

“I saw it in the papers, but I haven’t received it,” Legarda said.

Even as she denied having received money from Enrile, Legarda said she saw nothing wrong about the cash gift since it would still be subject to liquidation and would be for official use only.

Nothing irregular

 

“That will become part of our operating expenses. We are allowed to realign funds and all those funds will be subjected to liquidation and intended for official use,” she said.

In Manila, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV assumed there was nothing irregular with the P250,000 in check he received from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

The senator, who figured in a public spat with Enrile last year, also took with a grain of salt the fact that he was among four senators who received much less than their colleagues who reportedly received P1.6 million from the Senate President last Christmas.

Moreover, Trillanes told reporters Wednesday he did not think that the monetary gift was a bribe to senators to keep Enrile as Senate President.

“Definitely, it’s not a bribe to me. I got a small amount,” Trillanes said.

Asked if Enrile’s unequal treatment of the senators could lead to his ouster as chamber leader, Trillanes, who had openly backed a Senate coup against the veteran lawmaker, said: “I will leave it up to the political analysts and objective observers. All I can say is the check was sent to my office and we used it in a way that helped others.”

Trillanes’ office used the money for its relief operations for the victims of Pablo last year, spearheaded by the Magdalo chapters in the devastated areas.

“I confirm that my office in the Senate received P250,000. It was a check and not in cash bundles. We used if for our relief missions in northern Mindanao for the victims of Typhoon Pablo,” Trillanes said.

“If we have to return it, we will raise the money,” he added.

Trillanes added that the Commission on Audit should be able to determine whether the money given by Enrile’s office to the senators was aboveboard.

He also said that he would have to discuss with his fellow Nacionalista Party senators what to do about this issue.

Tepid replies

If Trillanes was caustic to Enrile in their verbal tussles last year, he had tepid replies to questions raised over the Senate President’s Christmas bonanza for the senators.

It was mainly because, Trillanes said, he had a “presumption of regularity” over the distribution of the checks.

“It wasn’t (indicated) that ‘This is a Christmas gift for you,’” Trillanes said.

“The check was from the Office of the Senate President, which you assume was regular and part of the funds that the office used for its purpose … We welcome that when given. I assumed all senators got the same and presumed it to be regular,” he added.

Trillanes learned from reporters only Wednesday that Enrile had said the P250,000 check was his Christmas gift to the senators.

Even if the money had been given as part of additional MOOE, or maintenance and other operating expenses, which was under the discretion of Enrile, Trillanes said he did not mind that he got  much less than his colleagues.

“It’s fine by me because that’s the price you have to pay if you stand up for your conviction,” Trillanes said.

Originally posted at 09:12 pm | Wednesday, January 09, 2013


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  • BoredRomeo

    Yan ang senator! :) Tama nga naman, idonate nalang nila sa typhoon victims. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UTWQIZQ7IDMS6RJMMHCD4SJNB4 Arnel

      Sana gayahin to ng ibang senators.

      • speaksoftlylove

         Either pareho kayong gullible o malakilaki rin ang balato ninyo galing kay Loren.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQD3I42NN5GHFYN25Q7YYVD6Q4 Paul

    Oo naman, di na niya kailangan yan at namimigay pa nga siya sa Pablo recently e.

    • T_O_S_H_I_O

      Yeah, true yan.

  • PaulynTayag

    Nandadamay lang si Enrile niyan. Talaga naman si Enrile o, ayaw pa kasing bumitaw sa pwesto e.. . .. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    WOW…talaga lang ha..pare-pareho lang lahat kayo paWala akong alam effect ka pa ha ..kung saan ka may pakinabang duon ka  ..baho keps mo…

    • akongednamzug

      Ang bastos ng pag-iisip mo. Subukan mo kayang ibabad ang utak mo sa muriatic acid, baka makatulong yun.

      • Marx Louis Wang

         Siguradong tunaw ang utak sa muriatic acid.

    • m1ghtym0use

      MANYAKOLS KA. 

  • T_O_S_H_I_O

    ““I’m already too popular to need that kind of publicity … If other candidates spend P200,000 for the (radio) stations, I don’t need to do that anymore, ibigay na lang sa (give it to)typhoon victims,”

    >> True. Number 1 senator siya sa surveys and i dont think kelangan niya pa ng publicity. If I heard it correct, mamamigay siya ng isang building sa isang school. :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UTWQIZQ7IDMS6RJMMHCD4SJNB4 Arnel

      Yeah, she doesnt need that money and popularity. She has a point. Sana nga tulad din yung iba na idonate nalang sa mga flood victims

  • JuliusContis

    Well, if makikita naman pala kkung san gastusin ng officials yung “gift” na iyon then wala naman problem pala. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UTWQIZQ7IDMS6RJMMHCD4SJNB4 Arnel

    I’m impressed with her answers. . She is actually right, tumulong nalang sana tayo sa mga victimsnung Pablo kesa mag aksaya tayo masyado ng pera sa campaigns. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SUUHGTSDLMAWPVO6FR3ZIAV6DQ Jewel

      Her answers are brilliant :) 

  • timberlakers

    I can see nga that she helps alot in the affected areas by Pablo. If makuha niya ito for sure naman na ibabalik din ito sa mga tao na nangailangan ng help. Ganun ang pagkakaliala ko sa Senator Loren natin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA yahoo-AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA

    yes its true she is popular but i hope she is telling the truth regarding helping the needy.BUT nevertheless i will still vote for her in the coming elections..because she was never involved nor accused of any corruption related scandal in the past..KEEP up the good work madam senator. BUT STILL NO TO BINAY,NO TO ENRILE,NO TO ERAP!!!!!

    • m1ghtym0use

      NO TO ENRILE!!! CYA ANG UGAT NITO!!! PATI LAHAT NG SENADOR DINAMAY NIYA PA AMP!!

  • Pulokoy

    i salute you mam loren

  • tata_boy

    pag dating sa datong walang masama kapag ang tumatanggap ay ang mga senatong at tongressmen, langyang buhay ito…….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Legarda said she doesn’t need any popularity because she’s too popular already.  What an arrogance !

  • boldyak

    nagsalita na naman…nonsense…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    si loring naman…buko na, deny pa. mismong nagbigay ang nagsabi eh, kasama ka. kaw naman loring, di ka naman tanga para gawin mo kaming tanga di ba?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    hetong si legarda,pa-imbestigahan mo sa pulis…hinding-hindi aamin.baka yung pulis ang umanin at hindi ito aamin.

    legarda,inamin na ni manong johnny…aminin mo na.kunwari ka pa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    ”Legarda also gave a piece of advice to those who want to fund her senatorial bid next year to just donate their money to typhoon victims”.

    hanep sa koment…bakit kaya nyo ibinoboto ang taong plastic na ito????

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LVZ5CRNQLIGBIEK6RPQF5RCCGM Nelson

      Actually, because of this napa research ako. And hmmm, galing nga siya dun to help the victims plus distributed Geo-Hazard maps w/c everyone can use to prevent disasters. 

  • vaporub123

    wow. 5 million lang para sa resettlement?kanya ang 195 million? too popular?what an ego…. ganyan ba ang iboboto ng mga pilipino?lumabas ang tunay na kulay mo ms.legarda

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LVZ5CRNQLIGBIEK6RPQF5RCCGM Nelson

      That’s what they call ‘confidence’ my friend. She knows that our majority will vote for her because she works hard for it. 

  • http://karenang.com/ dementia

    napambotox na nya?

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Good thinking, Loren. You know you should have been the real vice-president instead of that do-nothing popular radio announcer.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/LVZ5CRNQLIGBIEK6RPQF5RCCGM Nelson

      Oo nga. At least she’s thinking at she thought of giving the funds to the victims. Not like the other who’ll use it for luxury.

      • speaksoftlylove

         Thinking and doing are two different things.

    • miiimiiiiiing

      …..hmmmmm, sino ba yung announcer na yun???………. miimmmiinng!……

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SUUHGTSDLMAWPVO6FR3ZIAV6DQ Jewel

      She’s really smart. Besides, lam ko kakagaling niya lang din sa Mindanao para tulong sa mga nasalanta. Ayun na yung sagot niya sa mga ito.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.russo.7169 Joe Russo

    Clean up the corruption.  It begins at the top.  You hae the public servants lieing about receiving money, they can’t remember, where they got it from, if they got it at all.  They are all a bunch of crooks.  Clean up the corruption and the Filipinos will have a better life.  It will take years to get the muck out of the system.  Also set up hot-lines, so that the people can text the corrution they see, protect their number (ya, right) nothing is protected in the Philippines, again, to much corruption.  Pay the person for brining the corruption to lite.  Relocate them with a different name.  Then, you will see exactly how much corruption there is. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSFBL2UPAYEEIHSZWI35OB3ZEQ jun

    “I’m already too popular to need that kind of publicity … ” straight from a political prostitute’s mouth.

    • m1ghtym0use

      HIYANG HIYA NAMAN AKO SA KALINISAN NIYO. HAHAHA. DI AKO PRO SA KANYA PERO WAG KAYONG UMASTANG MALINIS DYAN.

    • miiimiiiiiing

      …..Sikat nga siya….tignan mo….kung di siya sikat di ka naman mang totroll dyan,,,,lolz….miimmmming!!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Nah, you won’t still get my vote. I am not that gullible to believe everything you said.
    Note the “cambio” as written in this news article – [she has to check first with the Department of Finance as soon as she gets back to Manila if the cash gift was indeed given her.]. So, why deny if you haven’t check? Would she confirm that she got it? Of course, she would and repeat the same grandstanding speech to media..Ay, naku naman.

    • Simon Ward

      Wasn’t there a similar case a few years back involving some cellphones? I remember thinking at the time that maybe her definition of “receiving” something was that it physically, literally is put in her hands. Which in turn reminded me of Clinton’s definition of sex … but I digress :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LVZ5CRNQLIGBIEK6RPQF5RCCGM Nelson

    I really think wala siyang natanggap dahil malinis record niya at never pa nadamay sa issueng ganito w/c makes me think that Enrile is sabotaging the whole senate and he’s trying to break them apart.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SUUHGTSDLMAWPVO6FR3ZIAV6DQ Jewel

      May possibility nga poh yan no? :) Hmmm. I hope hindi sinisira ni Enrile ung administration natin. tsk tsk. Bad bad bad! 

  • miiimiiiiiing

    ……sa lahat ng senators, si Loren na pinakamatino para sakin…..naisip niya muna tumulong sa Pablo victims….Abangan niyo sagot nung mga susunod na senador…..sablay sila panigurado….miiimmmiiinng!!!

    • Bayang_magiliw

      SottoCopy’s statement: “pls refer to Sen Legarda’s comment”. Being a senator I am authorized to say the same thing.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SUUHGTSDLMAWPVO6FR3ZIAV6DQ Jewel

    “That will become part of our operating expenses, we are allowed to realign funds and all those funds will be subjected for liquidation and intended for official use,” she said.
    > yun naman poh pala eh. I do hope other senators think the same way as her.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

      subject for liquidation eh sa inyo yong COA…anakk ng titing…

  • boy_pogi

    ayon naman pala, kay Pablo napunta ang christmas bonus ng mga hinayupak na senadores.  Subject to liquidation naman pala ang lahat buti na lang HONEST lahat ng ating mga senador.  Mabuhay ang SENADO!!  We are lucky to have them as our public servant.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    If nothing irregular why label it as ‘gift’ from Enrile?  

  • speaksoftlylove

     Anong pakialam ng “Department of Finance” sa disbursement ng Senate funds, pray tell me Legarda? Department of Finance Office ng Senado? When you are telling a lie chances are you get confused.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Umiigting na itong isyu. Di ako magtataka pagdating sa dulo nito ay aaminin ni Enrile na “Yan yong natirang pera pampaimpeach kay Corona.” Kutob ko lang yan, tiyak maraming na namang mahahighblood na yellowmongrels dyan.

  • farmerpo

    Getting to sound like the comment of a senator a long long time ago! Yun bang tinawag na Dancing Queen, remember?  

  • doublecross

    etong si enrile, nagbigay na nga sa mga mayayaman pang senator…di na lang sa mga walang makain.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    Legarda said it was a cash gift and there nothing wrong? subject to liquidation? excuse me! you and lito lapid, bong revilla and tito sotto and their own class were elected because voters of this country are braindead, thats the truth and it hurts

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

      sinabi mo pa….as the saying goes ang maglamang sa kapwa at tiba tiba. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    cash gift given to you was taken from budget management therefore it is peoples money, this is absolutely horrendous, if not downright immoral

  • bakitkailangan

    WINALANGHIYA NIYO NA ANG MGA PILIPINO, ginagawa ninyo pang inutil at tanga ang taong bayan…MAAWA naman kayo sa mga kapwa ninyong PIlipino…Napakahidhid at buktot ang inyong mga pagkatao. Kung magsi asta kayo ay para bang napakalinis ninyo, mas bulok pa kayo sa pinaka mabahong anyo ng kabulukan sa mundo. As the saying goes “YOU ARE CHEAPER THAN DIRT”.

  • GaryFil

    Puros Press Release, TRAPO nga talaga… ;-)

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/UB_6UfZ9n_pJTLkXDJOssMY.Yce_g2Cweqz8e9hK#91a1f jorge cruz

    Jesus said, Share.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    Fire all your alibi pareho lang kayong mga trapo kanya kanya kayong palusot….shame on you

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Abolish MOOE. It is a motherhood statement and a source of corruption.
    Budget items in the Senate must be specific!
    Sige kayong mga senador, papaano ninyo lilinisin ang inyong pangalan?

  • Janinskie

    don’t think she needs money. i was simply amazed when she said if she received it she’d use it for the victims of Pablo. That’s nice of her. :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VOIMRXSRHLDTXGHVZEJH5YR6ZM Alvin

      Honga. Tsaka mdami naman ata sa kanila nagbigay tulong lang sa mga nasalanta.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQD3I42NN5GHFYN25Q7YYVD6Q4 Paul

    oks lang na makatanggap sila ng pera, pero dapat nga makita di ng taong bayan kung saan nila gagamitin yun. kung maganda naman pala yung pakay e wag na tayong magreklamo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VOIMRXSRHLDTXGHVZEJH5YR6ZM Alvin

    If most of them used it to help ‘PABLO’ victims naman pala then wala na akong masasabi pa. Good job if ganun nga. :)

    • speaksoftlylove

      Pilyo din itong PDI. Tingnan mo yong picture ni Legarda, pinili pa yong di nakatingin sa tao. Di mo ba napapansin? Honest talaga ang idol mo ano, ang galing.

  • shotgunjames

    JPE huh…daming pera ah! Naku, dahil dyan di ko boboto anak niyan. Baka ituloy lang yung kalokohan niyan. 

  • JX Peron

    Legarda is a master of the fake talk. While I am delighted with her advocacies, I am not a fan of her doble cara sensibilities, all calculated to maintain political visibility and power.

  • kuracha

    Well said Senator Legarda.. :) Actually i read sumwhere na galing kayo Mindanao to help the typhoon’s victims. galing :)

    • speaksoftlylove

      That’s a lot of bull. Nangampanya yan doon. Isa siya sa pinaringgan ng Commelec not to take advantage of the storm victims. Tingnan mong sinabi niya inconsistent. Kung naitulong na niya sa mga nasalanta sa bagyo bakit kailangan i-check pa raw niya sa Department of Fianance kung may natanggap daw siya? Really? She is fooling herself. In the first place, walang pakialam ang Department of Finance sa cash gifts nila sa Senado. May financial independence din yang Senado at House of Ill Repute. Wala ngang pakialam ang COA, DOF pa kaya? She is too stupid too think that the people will believe her lies.

      • ed_nique

        what kind of a senator do we have here? she doesn’t know where her budget comes from?

        this “gift” from the office of the senate president is an additional amount for her MOOE. this is a realignment made by the office of the senate president and is an internal matter. therefore, the funds came from the senate budget and not from the dept. of finance.

  • azkal futbol

    kung totoo ang mga senador na ito na ipinantulong sa typhoon victims ng pablo, libre itong newspaper na ito na i-publish ang resibo at transmittal ng mga ipinamahaging tulong. mga kurakot na senatong at tongressman, kapal ng mukha nyo. di nyo maamin na sa bulsa nyo lang napunta ang “lagay” ng mga liderato nyo. sinasabing naghihirap na ang pilipinas, ninanakawan nyo pa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T42Q37DX5BRWJ5NRYTBC2DXUAU Jols – batman Robin

    nag kakampihan na ung mga kawatan sa senado….wla daw masama kung magbigay si JOHNNY THE DOG ng 1.6M ang tanong san galing ung pera sa kanya ba yun o sa kaban ng bayan…wla na talagang hiya ang mga hinayupak na to………….nag hihintay na si TANING sa inyo……

  • pabulaka

    It would have been better if Legarda had suggested that instead of giving away the savings individually, she could have just suggested to jointly put all the money to the storm victims. Those are issued checks anyway; it could be cancelled easily and issued one full amount.

  • jinx

    Siyempre dahil buking na mga senatong na to sasabihin na nila gagamitin pera sa pagtulong ng mga biktima sa bagyo.  Lip service na naman yan para sa mga bobotante.  Malay ba natin kung talagang di nila ibubulsa ang pera.

    Agree ako dun sa sinabi ni Miriam Santiago…. dapat idaan sa audit ng COA yan, o di kaya bawasan ang “savings” sa bawat taon para hindi aabusuhin ng mga trapong katulad ni Enrile.

  • tugakbatan

    PALUSOT NI LEGARDA.  Loren, your strategy stinks.

  • divictes

    P250,000 is small amount by a senator’s standard, but I know of a taxi driver killed by robbers for a measly P700. So the driver has to toil and die for that P700, the robbers has to kill for that P700, while you senator received P250,000 no-sweat, merry Christmas gift. Tax-free ba ‘yan? I’m curious because the tax month is coming for us ‘ornery critters’.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

    Ito pa ang isang KAPALMUKS na senador!

  • http://www.facebook.com/macpoys2000 Virgilio B. Zamora

    To say that “there is nothing wrong with  these cash gifts”….shows the “NOTHINGNESS” of the hearts and minds and souls of these lawmakers!  These are tax payers money! You distribute it among yourselves whimsically as gifts! Therefore kahit saan personally gusto mo! Kunyari tulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo! …WOW! …Pati sarili nyo niloloko nyo pa! This is an insult to the moral and ethical intelligence of the Filipino People! You don’t deserve to stay longer. NAKAKAHIYA KAYO!   

  • Hagler

    Sabay kabig ni Legarda. Turning a negative into positive, donating to calamity victims, paano namin malalaman na magsasabi kau ng totoo. mahiya kayo sa mga anak , pamilya at anak nyo, ibalik nyo ang pera! ayyy yung mga anak at mga pamilya nga pala ay makikinabang din! Na nyo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paolo-Hernandez/100001326302694 Paolo Hernandez

    Style ng isang TRAPO!
    Don’t vote for her!

  • glenn padilla

    the philippines’ political prostitute is back.

    • boldyak

      wag mo naman insultohin ang mga prostitute…call her other names…hahaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    She is trying to portrait that she is clean but in reality she is not by admitting herself that cash gift is okay and there is nothing wrong with it. How can she say that?.. that money is a public money and can’t be given as gift .If it was personal money of Enrile then it is okay to give it as a gift but in this case it was not. Legarda is trying lift herselfl by telling us that she did not receive the cash gift yet and if ever she will use it for a resettlement program for people in areas ravaged by Typhoon “Pablo . But this statement is only good in press release but if we check it out nothing probably has been done yet and public money might have been lost already for something else. The best thing we can do is to remember these politicians and politician clans that are trapo’s and corrupt so that on election time we will not vote them!

  • GlenMJacob

    Dear PNoy,

    This is another reason why you should certify the FOI bill as urgent to clear the air.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jtpenton Musta Na Mo

       mag number one c Pnoy dyan kung ganun ang pamudmod ni Enrile la yan sa kickback ni Pnoy…

  • wakats

    Another gma-style of loren to deny receiving the controversial additional cash gift until proofs are proven or when she returns to her office for verification.

    The gift was released before christmas and it’s highly improbable that she was not informed of her staff for almost 3 weeks now.

    Loren doesn’t deserve our vote this coming May. 

  • marionics

    hottsie si loren sa picture niya a he he
    puedeng puede pa yan

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Legarda denies receiving P1.6-M gift from Enrile but…

    The burden of proof is on Legarda.
     

  • melbakit

    Makadeny naman ang lola mo. Maang-maangan mode on.

  • Aleksander Boleslaw

    jpe is the perennial politician who rewards his loyal followers. at least some of the senators whom he gave little more than the others have the decency to give the money back to the Pablo victims i.e. Trillanes. Speaking about Legarda, seems like she’s detached to the ins and outs of her office. Bad.

  • corymoran

    Si Senador Loren matapang na sinagot ang isyung ito, di tulad ng ibang senador na ayaw mapangalanan sa mga interview nila. Malinis ang konsensya nya.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      ay sus……syempre, huling huli na habang NAKI-HATI sa pera ng TAONG-BAYAN….

      mga KAWATAN….

  • Castronaut

    Maraming trabaho si Senador Loren, pumunta pa ng Davao at Compostela Valley para tulungan ang mga biktima ng bagyo.

  • KateDulce

    What I heard from my friends at the Senate is that Loren Legarda never actually received it as a cash gift per se. What Enrile released was a MOOE, or what they call as a Maintenance and Other Operating Expense fund, which is actually an official fund that can be transferrable to other senators with proper documents and protocol. People should not take this out of context. :) 

    • JewelAgoncillo

      So true! Grabe din kasi mga tao dito ang hihilig magreklamo, puro reklamo, di naman registered voters. Kung gusto niyo ng ibang pulitiko bumoto kayo at saka kayo magreklamo! Basta ako masaya ako sa mga nagawa ni Loren, ang sipag kaya niya!

    • speaksoftlylove

      Wag mo ng tulungang magpalusot yang idol mo. Enrile already emphasized that there will be no additonal MOOE so what are you talking about? Besides, Trillanes already said that it is not a cash gift because it was not given in cash, funny. He said it was given in a form of check. “proper documents and protocol” ka pa dyan. Tell it to the yellowmongrels.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UPBI3ESYPHNYH72R3544I564UM Minnette

    Grabeeee si juan ponce enrile! sabi nga ni miriam, “wah!” and i want to put it on record :)

  • JenicaLee

    Kung ako lang tatanungin niyo, credible naman si Loren eh, Ni-isang beses hindi ko pa siya nabalitaang nagsinungaling. Nagsabi ng di niya ginawa. Dapat matuwa tayo na kung meron man siya matanggap na ibibigay niya ‘to sa pablo victims, kasi kung ano sinabi niya, ginagawa niya.

  • vanibee

    Isipin niyo kung ano gusto niyong isipin, basta ako maniniwala ako kay ma’am legarda… dapat nga matuwa tayo eh, dahil panigurado pag nakakuha siya ng ganyang pera para sa budget ng mga projects niya, may mapapala tayong mga pinoy diyan..

  • tanyaaaa

    Loren may have her ups and downs, but at this point, from what she’s been doing lately? I honestly think she’s telling the truth, and among most of the senators who got this “gift” i think she deserves it the most and she’ll put it to good use. That’s a fact yo.

  • RobertVelez

    I am so upset with all this negativity towards this article. This is a good thing guys! Have we all lost hope in the leaders we voted for?! That everything that comes out of their mouths is a lie?? Even if our current state in the economy is booming?! If you all remain this way I suggest you migrate somewhere else. geez..

    • glenn padilla

      you seem to have a short memory berty. the filipino people have been giving these traditional politicians chances to rectify their mistakes but to no avail. 
      the collective reaction of these readers mirrors the fact that we are getting more vigilant and alert to the implications of the actions of these trapos. hope, berty? we have been hoping for as long as i can remember. may nagawa ba? may nangyari ba?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

      even if our economy is booming, is this the right thing to do?… these are hard earned money that we give to the government through taxes.. plus, many of our countrymen are still in below poverty…

  • joerizal

    It’s a big problem and I don’t know why people do not see it. The Senate is a legislative body and not a charitable institution, nor is it a center for relief operations. Even as these senators claim that they used the funds to help the typhoon victims, that is still the wrong channel for disbursing needed help. These types of aid should not come directly from legislators since these create the perception that the Senate is “where the money is, so go ask for help there”. These lawmakers should never be personally responsible for huge sums of money, except only those amounts required to maintain their office and staff. Such an unabashed display of wealth (people’s money) is appalling and shows no sense of propriety from these so-called honorable people.

    • KenKhoy

      tumpak

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZZK525UYR7QVVXNHVEKXLPUY34 Ed

    @bertyvelez, the money distributed by Enrile as “his” gifts to fellow senators came from the allocation for a 24th senator. If the allocation was not touched or used, it will become “savings”. But since it was used to add to the other senators’ own funds (or pockets, as some would say), then it becomes moolah from a ghost employee (the 24th senator). In a private corporation, if the middle management said “Boss, we have distributed among ourselves the money allocated for an executive position which has not been filled up this year”, the upper management or the board of directors would surely say it is a case of payroll padding with a ghost employee, and the middle manager/s who decided to do it should be fired. It’s simple prudence in financial management – not spending JUST BECAUSE some money is lying around. We want our country, the Philippines, to be more prudently managed.

  • Emilio

    Ho ho ho. That’s what Santa clause would say if someone complains they did not receive an Xmas gift. Here is one senator that says she did not receive anything. Careful, your nose keeps growing longer every time you don’t say the truth.
    Some senators are saying they gave it to charity, ” tell it to the marines”. ,as the saying goes.
    How long are the noses of the senators now…ho ho ho

  • Labandera1

    Kung hindi ito na bulgar at wala tayong alam na 18 senators received a gift from Enrile worth P1.6 million each, maisip kaya ni Legarda na bigyan niya ang mga biktima ng typhon Pablo? It has been said that Loren Legarda is political prostitute or political butterfly due to jumpimg from one party to another…

  • buttones

    I don’t think Legarda is denying anything- she just doesn’t know if she has received the 1.6 million peso ‘gift’- it happens to me all the time, and I’m sure many a gentle reader too, people sending Xmas cash ‘gifts’ in the millions and it’s hard to keep track really… I’m sure one of Legarda’s staff will point out to her that her working account seems to have gone up by 1.6 million peso and connect the two events….

    • ARIKUTIK

      So the present government administration got excess amount of taxpayers money. Then why on earth did the President puushed so hard to pass the Sin Tax bill ? For there own enrichment ! The leader Boy AB is incompetent that wants only to suck the citizens blood. Like a Haciendero who sucks the tenants blood. Sin tax by the Abnoy and his LP ilks is for their enrichment.

      • Philantos

        tanga ka pala wala ka sa topic iho,ibang pingauusapan malayo ka sa argumento so get lost…alipores ni Gloriang kurakot

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

        Truth hurts? Ayan, naglalabasan na ang mga KAWATAN sa gobyerno, under the shadow of TUWID NA DAAN.

  • AZKID13

    Give it to the Typhone Pablo victims sure now that you got caught. Otherwise right in her bank account !!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

    bakit pa kasi napakadaming pondo ng senado at kongreso ehh. ano pa ba silbi ng mga local government? i-abolish na lang kaya sila? hahahaha

  • duviz7533

    pagdating sa pera magkakampi na lahat….there’s no irregularity daw…taxpayers money yan,should be spent wisely….legislators…di bale na ang karangalan basta may pagkakaperahan

  • jimb68

    allowing budget savings to be directly applied to bonuses/ incentives should cease. politicians pay and expenses should be transparent and monitored, are checks and balances properly implemented? currently their fingers seem to be in the pie. the system should leave no doubt that they are behaving above board.

  • duviz7533

    gift from enrile,from his own pocket ba galing…gift from the taxpayers  sana ang right term dian,bunos ninyo sa walang kwentang performance ninyo. pag hindi nakatangap ibibigay sa charity ,pag nakatangap hindi na alam kung saan nagamit.bayan kawawa sa pagpapaikot ng mga legislatongs.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

    ika nga ni Farinas noong impeachment trial ni corona… PALUSOT!!!

  • nyukradaregg

    They means aside from their Porkbarrel its not enough for them to keep their self project..that was Billion of money and its not Enough. i wonder why? oh why?we know it Palusot.and excused me..anong sa iyo ang pera..Pinagkatiwallan ka lang ng taong bayan para umupo dyan at hindi ipinagkatiwala na ipamigay mo ang pera ng BAYAN..daming gugutom sa Sakuna at Bagyo bakit di mo doon gamitin?

  • kilabot

    senators are members of the same choir and sing the same song. 

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Palusot ka pa U L O L ….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

    mga BWISET!!!

  • Keeper242

    MADERPACKERS!

  • ARIKUTIK

    Kadami palang sobrang pera ang gobyerno. Bakit ipinilit ni Noy AB ang Sin tax ? para sa kalusugan ng tao ? Bolahin niya ang panot nyang ulo. Para mas marami silang pag hahatian. The Boy AB pushed for additional tax burden from the citizen with out knowing that there is so much excess money lying around. An incompetent president who knows only how to suck the citizens.  

  • Bonggebongge

    Tan na na man… wala daw mali sa cash gift dahil subject for liquidation…mga tarantado eh sana wag sabihin na gift…mali na pala contexto ng gift kung ganun….ang gift bigay hindi mo kailangan iliquidate, kanya kanyang palusot ang mga demonyong senador, si enrile di daw bribe gift daw…nakakamura talaga…bwa ka nagng ina nyong mga politiko….kayo, mga botante sana maging mapili na tayo sa iboboto..p utang i na nilang lahat…

  • robert_tan

    anak ng….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    Ayan kanya-kanya ng HUGAS-KAMAY at PALUSOT ang mga KAWATAN sa Senado……

    It’s More Funds in the Philippines….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    BAKIT ayaw pa rin ni PNOY at ng mga politiko ng FOI BILL? This scandal explains why.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    return the money you onion-skinned fools..!..that’s not your money…!..I’m never gonna vote for any senator again…!

  • EdsonArantesDoNascimiento

    PI talaga tong mga SOB na to!!!Ginagawa tayong mga tanga sa mga palusot nila!!!Sana,sana,I hope and pray,mamatay na silang lahat na mga magnanakaw at ganid!!!Pls lang pasabugin at sunugin nyo na ang senado,house of representaTHIEVES at malacanang!!!!Magtayo ng malaking kulungan/penitentiary sa tatlong lugar na yan,symbols of corruption and evil!!!!Abolish na yang mga failed institutions na yan!!!!Democaracy is a total failure in this benighted land!!!The nation needs “A Great Purging!!!” now!!!! PI kayong lahat!!!!

  • Guest13th

    Not every public serving politician is as humanitarian as you miss senator. But even so, shouldn’t it gone through on legal procedure rather than being too casual? It’s a large money. And why money? If it was to help the poor typhoon victims shouldn’t they be given the most basic needs? Food, clothing, shelter. Money as a gift, has a touch of sinister meaning to it.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    if we educate our fellow filipino people on how to choose the right person/people to a government position, its possible, that we don’t have to show are disgust to this type of Trapos!

    let us empower our fellow countrymen on how to vote correctly! let us stop living the dream of others which for us its a nightmare.

    • JoyVi

       WIth guns or No guns,

      General Nakar, Quezon is lucky for not having elected Alfredo Pujeda.

      This
      crook who owns an arsenal of illegal fire arms operate the PTS – towing
      service in STAR highway and the Pujeda Builders & Construction
      Supply in Culiat, QC.

      Maltreatment of laborers, falsified documents, no business permits. 
      Instead of paying taxes, he pays corrupt people in TRB and QC Hall.

      Worst, he brags being well connected in the Quezon City Hall (city of
      crooks), Iglesia ni Cristo (though not a member) and Rotary Club
      Diliman district.  Pachyderm.  Not sure if these groups are aware of
      being used or abused by a hoax.

      Watch out.  If you are buying any property, check out the builder – PUJEDA. Stay away.  RED ALERT

  • joshmale2004

    Sen. Loren Legarda on Wednesday denied having received a P1.6 million  cash gift from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile last Christmas but said if the money had been set aside for her she would use it for a resettlement program for people in areas ravaged by Typhoon “Pablo.”
    Madam Legarda, if you really want to help the Pablo victims, you should have done it immediately after the typhoon left. Whether you received cash from enrile or not, you should have used your PDAFor even personal money if you really wanted to help. Giving help is unconditional. Para ka na ring nangangampanya sa sinabi mong ibibigay mo yung P1.6m sa Pablo victims pag may natanggap ka. Dahil sa sinasabi mong wala kang natanggap eh ibig sabihin, walang aasahan sa yo ang mga Pablo victims. Press release ka lang pala. You are trying to insult the Filipino’s intelligence.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      Simple, gusto lang ni Legarda MAKISAKAY sa issue ng Pablo.

      KAPAL.

  • Pwe Jade

    How shameful!

  • cantonese

    Sa dami ng gracia na dumarating kay Loren, malamang di na matandaan kung sino sino ang nag de-deposit na mga cheke sa account niya. Kailangan alam mo yan dahil nakatingin sayo ang watch dog ng BIR.

  • noyab

    bakit mr coup plotter may conviction ka ba after insulting your senior officer sa PMA and selling PH interest sa chinese …

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    pareho lang pala ng pupuntahan eh di dapat binigay na lang ni enrile ng diretso sa mga nasalanta ng pablo para makita ng mga tao apektado ng kalamidad na sa kanila napupunta hindi yung kung kani kanino pinapadaan at pagdating sa pupuntahan ng pera ay barya na lang!

    • cute79

      para sa mga senador talaga yon bonus nga eh.palusot lang nila yan para sa nasalanta ng bagyo dahil nalaman ng taong bayan.Bago nagsalita si mirriam walang senador nagsalita ibigay nila sa nasalanta ng bagyo mga bonus nila.Buking na kasi sila ngayon kaya kelangan lumusot!

  • simonibarra27

    Noynoy! nagkakagagohan na sa Senado baka malihis tayo sa daang matuwid!  Daang madulas ang ginagawa ni Manong Jhonny para happy sya!

    • cute79

      nakapagtataka nga eh wala man lang masabi si Pnoy sa isyong ito.Pera ng Boss nya pinamigay as bonus ni enrile sa kapwa nya senador pero until nanahimik parin si Mr president.Baka pag si GMA pa ang gumawa sa ginawa ni enrile ,sigurado araw-araw may masasabi si Pnoy,ma pilipinas or kahit saang lupalop man sya mkrating

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    Walang KAWATANG umaamin na sya ay KAWATAN.

  • Guest

    Ito ang mga professional  looters ng pera sa bansa.

  • simonibarra27

    Dapat i pa IMPEACH tong matandang ito!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    wala akong bobotohing mga senador ngayon..!!!!..or yung mga independents lang…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      me too……but I still have to scrutinize the records of that independent. Malay mo KAWATAN rin….

    • cute79

      tama!subukan natin ang bagong mukha baka matino pa,hanggat walang matino olwez palitan.magtanda rin mga yan dahil alam na nila nagmamatyag ang mga mamamayan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Masaya yung matandang pulitiko dahil nakapagpasaya siya ng senador at the same time ay nakapang-alaska. Sa punto ay tuwang-tuwa siya sa kanyang kalokohan. Parang nilalaro niya ang mga senador. Hindi kaya bumabalik na siya sa pagka-isip bata?

  • Putakte Naman

    Nasa sa inyo nang lahat- sinungaling, garapal etc

  • Putakte Naman

    Kawawang pilipinas talaga. Asar!

  • Rolly257

    okey ke Loren kahit immoral ang dating…paano titino ang Pinas.

  • Mananandata69

    As long as the money was utilized to benefit the people, what’s the fuss? It’s not a gift for personal use.

    • Jerry_SeinfeId

      There you go… you’re a very good example of an intellectual chimp.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      At meron bang politikong hindi sinasabe that the money was utilized to benefit the people? duh

    • cute79

      naniwala ka naman?kung ang pork barrel nga max.200milyon a year bwat senador or congresmen wala tayong nakitang improvement sa pilipinas.ano pa kaya yong 1.6m na bonus dw di alam ng taong bayan kung di nagsalita si mirriam.mautak lng talaga mga pultiliko.magaling lumusot!

  • coach

    Loren naman,  Siguro if you were still doing The Inside Story, of which I was a fan for years, no less than your producer and you would care to get the meat of the whole mess.

    the very fact that the money is not allocated for you and for the others working in the senate  is already questionable. 

  • kimkim1226

    Lahat naman ng mga politico basta ang pag-usapan tungkol sa pork barrel sasabihin na para sa taong bayan pero magkano ang mapupunta sa projecto halos wla pa sa kalahati dahil mapupunta sa bulsa nila para pangastos sa susunod na election at kapritso nila. gusto nila na maraming project para magkaroon ng porciento’. gumawa ng kalsada na potul2 ang pagawa sa liblib na lugar. halos puro kayo magickero kaya walang asenso ang pilipinas, ina-angkin na ng china ang scarboruogh wla pa rin kayong nagawa. kung hindi lng kayo magnanakaw dapat merun na tayong   pangasto sa pagbibili ng military hardware, kaya mga dating mga military general gumagaya na rin. sana nagpasakop na lng tayo sa america noon.

  • kimkim1226

    Sen loren hindi na bobo ang mga tao ngayun, magpakatotoo ka. puro lang kayo press release…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    pork barrel na 200 million bawat senador di naman umuunlad ang ating bayan,ilang taon sila nakaupo sa daming pera yan kahit sa 5 taon lang ilang bilyong pera.



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