Ho! Ho! Ho! House members got P.5M each

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Senator Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senators didn’t have all the fun last Christmas.

There was apparently no “naughty” or “nice” list for the House of Representatives, with all 283 lawmakers each receiving P500,000 from the House leadership before they went on their monthlong break last month.

Each member received approximately the same amount. The amounts added up to P141.5 million for all the representatives.

At least four lawmakers confirmed receiving P500,000 last month.

Two representatives belonging to the majority coalition also confirmed receipt of the P500,000 from Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

The amount was 43 percent more than that the P350,000 they usually got from the Speaker in the first two Christmases under the Aquino administration.

One of the lawmakers said that the bonanza was no coincidence considering that 2012 was an exceptionally fruitful year for Congress—from the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona to the passage of the sin tax and reproductive health bills.

The House accounts committee chief, An Waray Rep. Florencio Noel, said in a phone interview that the P500,000 given to lawmakers were not bonuses, and were for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE).

The MOOE refers to costs necessary for an agency’s regular operations, such as traveling expenses, training and seminar expenses, water, electricity and supplies expenses, and the maintenance of their properties or offices.

Noel, who handles the internal budget of the House, said the usual MOOE was P300,000, but this was increased to P500,000 during the holiday season so that lawmakers could give Christmas bonuses or 13th month pay to their district employees who are not entitled to additional benefits.

The MOOE is also supposed to be used for transportation costs and other district-related activities of the lawmakers, he said.

‘Not a bonus’

Noel said all lawmakers received more or less the same amount, with some receiving some P10,000 more because transportation costs for returning to their hometowns were higher.

“That’s not a bonus. It would be difficult for us to give a bonus because the budget for 2012 is the same as the budget for 2011 when there were fewer lawmakers, which leaves us without elbow room for bonuses,” he said.

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said he received a check from the House leadership last December, but said he could not recall the exact amount. But he said the additional funds were for staff members or consultants who did not have Christmas bonuses.

Suarez also said it had been the practice in the House every Christmas season for the leadership to give additional funds, and he had experienced it in his nine years in Congress.

One lawmaker, speaking anonymously so as not to incur the ire of colleagues who may not want the matter discussed, said he received P500,000 in MOOE last December, and added that it was different from the regular budget of his office.

Another lawmaker said he received a check for P600,000, but explained that the amount included his 13th month pay. A lawmaker’s monthly salary is about P90,000. He described the amount lawmakers received as a “bonus.”

 

Lawmakers need extra funds

A third representative said he had already exhausted the P500,000, which included the regular MOOE given to House members, plus an additional amount.

He said lawmakers needed the extra funds to go around their districts and see their constituents, especially since it was the holidays.

He also surmised that he and his colleagues received a smaller amount than senators because there were more House members.

“If we would receive the same amount that JPE [Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile] gave, the country’s money would run out,” he jokingly said.

Enrile gave P1.6 million in additional MOOE to 18 senators, but gave four others only P250,000. The four senators who got the relatively puny amount were known enemies of the Senate chief.

The Inquirer source said the Commission on Audit could still audit the release of this bonus and choose to disallow it should it find the transaction illegal.

The source noted that the P500,000 given to representatives was proportional to the P1.6 million given to each senator based on their annual pork barrel allocations and that this was not just a mere coincidence.

The P500,000 bonus is 0.71 percent of a representative’s P70 million pork barrel, while the P1.6 milllion bonus is 0.8 percent of a senator’s P200-million pork barrel.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    Splitting the loot among themselves. Last year it was not an issue, what happened now?

    • Ronald

      This year napansin sila. 

  • us_sixtycents

    Please understand that Fillet Mignon or Rib Eye Steak with fresh varieties of vegetables or fresh mashed potato washing it down with a fine 5 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is very important requirement in order for your Representatives and Senators to perform very well.

    Entertainment with a 50 inch flat screen Bang&Olufsen TV (over half a mil pesos a pop) would make their evening perfect.

    Please pay for these little things until the end of their term and guess what? you have an option re-electing them too so that your and your family’s life would be better years after.

  • katindig

    No wonder why senators and congressmen spend millions in campaigning  even though they receive 90k pesos a month….what a shame….this is where taxes are being spent…is there PORK BARREL NOT ENOUGH FOR THEM TO EAT?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    HOY PERA NG TAONG BAYAN YANG PINAGPAPARTY PARTY NYO HA.

  • Your_King

    The rich get richer, while the poor get poorer. No wonder anyone with connection and the means wants to run for office.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Its election time.  Money flow like you can go white water rafting.  It’s not their money, its the Filipino people’s money.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLPXQ2FNAWMZK3FXU6BFCLMTLE King James' right hand

    now i know why people want to engage in politics. .

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

    WAG NA KAYO MAGTAKA KUNG BAKIT MASARAP ANG MOOE.

    ____________________________________________
    According to DBM website, MOOE UP BY 49.7% (Jan – Nov 2012)

    “The strong showing of government spending on infrastructure and MOOE indicates that social and economic services are being delivered faster, better and with more impact to socioeconomic development. Just the same, we continue to work on strengthening public institutions and improving their capacity to deliver services,” —– Secretary Florencio B. Abad said. (12-Nov-2012)

    Source: www,dbm,gov,ph/?p=5266

    Kaya naman pala gumaganda ang economiya para sa mga nasa poder. More MOOE, more spending, more growth. Go figure.

    Pres. PNoy, anong say niyo?

  • Opinyon_ni_Juan

    This is an immoral practice.  Politicians should stop thinking that the public money is a private fund.  We are all indignant with the SALN of the former Chief Justice. But this practice is as repugnant. I hope there are lawmakers who refused to accept this amount.  It is plain immoral.

  • KurakotNaPinoy

    To SB,

    Pera naming mga matitinong taxpayers yan, wala kang karapatang gamitin yan na pangregalo mo sa kapwa mo kurakot na tongressman.
    Di dapat nakadikit ang pangalan mo dyan sa perang yan.
    Imbes kaming mga taxpayer ang nakikinabang dyan sa pamamagitan ng matinong serbisyo, ginagawa nyo lang kalokohan ang perang dapat ay sa serbisyo namin.
    Eto ang sayo: ,,|,,

    To all proper PH taxpayers,

    THIS IS WHERE YOUR TAXES GO.

    • farmerpo

       E kung sa mga barangay patrol, dikit ang pangalan ng mga politiko, jan pa?? Project of SO n SO sa mga proyektong gobyerno para may name recall. We tolerate this kind of attitude, we put these people where they are, so grin and bear it, ika nga. Lawmakers are the greatest lawbreakers and the governed becomes the patsies. Pinoy, saan ka pupunta?

  • doublecross

    a gift….saan naman yon sa amin?

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

    BAT TAYO NAGAGALIT? Si FLORENCIO ABAD ng DBM tuwang-tuwa nga na lumalaki ang MOOE, na siyang nagpapaganda raw ng ating ekonomiya.
    ____________________________________________

    According to DBM website, MOOE UP BY 49.7% (Jan – Nov 2012)

    “The strong showing of government spending on infrastructure and MOOE indicates that social and economic services are being delivered faster, better and with more impact to socioeconomic development. Just the same, we continue to work on strengthening public institutions and improving their capacity to deliver services,” —– Secretary Florencio B. Abad said. (12-Nov-2012)

    Source: www,dbm,gov,ph/?p=5266

    Kaya naman pala gumaganda ang economiya para sa mga nasa poder. More MOOE, more spending, more campaign funds, more growth. Go figure. Talagang lalaki ang GDP ng 2013 gawa ng massive election spending.

    Pres. PNOy as of press time has no comment. He now respects the independence of 3 co-equal branches of the government.

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

    Abolish MOOE!
    Kaya lang sino ang mag sponsor nito?
    Ipapasa naman kaya?
    Nakakahiya kayo !

    • carlorocci

      You cannot abolish MOOE. It is an account, according to COA Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) – These accounts include expenses necessary for the regular operations of an agency like, among others, traveling expenses, training and seminar expenses, water, electricity, supplies expense, maintenance of property, plant and equipment, and other maintenance and operating expenses.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    ASAN  BA  ANG  COA ??  PERA  NG TAONG BAYAN ITO, IPINAMIMIGAY  NA  NI BELMONTE  AT  NI  ENRILE   PARA   HINDI   SILA  MAPATALSIK   SA   PWESTO !! PAREHO NA DIN ITO DUN SA DATING BULOK NA ADMINISTRASYON !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TEOXDWCP7O2ZBBIRGMGWBSHKOI Mao Mao Chamn

    If I remember this right, the Prime Minister Aqino appealed to international community (rich nations) to increase their donation to the Filipin victims of typhoons.  As a han chinese, my motherland (china) must ask the money donated to the Filipin to give it back to my motherland to feed those han chinese who are jobless, live in peasant like life, and hungry.

  • abner

    hahaha dito nawawala ang mga troll ni aquino…gusto lang nila si enrile lang ang binabanatan pero eto ang inyong bosss walang masabi sa kaliwat kanang corruption ng kanyang mga alipores….talga naman..nabibili ang loyalty me pinipili ang sinasabing ayaw sa corruption..

  • abner

    si corona sabi niya di nya sinama dollar accnt nya….so tinanggal siya….eh etong mga trrantadong ito na mga buayang tongressman hanggang presidente…eh malupit pa sa sitwasyon ni corona…eh ung ke korona eh maaari pa na pera nya talga…eto maliwanag na maliwanag na ginagamit nila ang pera ng bayan papunta sa kanilang bulsa!!!!!

  • buhi

    ang babait talaga ng mga senador at mga congressman, sana kunin na sila lahat ni LORD. pls…

  • Sandy Bulet

    MGA WALANG KAHIHIYAN!!!!!!!!!!!!! MATATAPANG ANG APOG!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUE7BZXUJ7I5AFIBEPSIBONAHA Alfred A

    ABULOY ITO for PASSING the RH Bill….pasasalamat, advance campaign funding…

    • speaksoftlylove

       At hindi pa nasiyahan ang mga ganid, hayok, at dayokdok, Gumawa pa ng sariling batas para mabigyan sila ng perang pangampanya sa election galing sa butas na bulsa ni Juan.

  • RalphGordon

    Barya lang yan sa kanila, marami diyan di na pinansin yon, ordinary day lang.

  • DondonSantosJr

    ang dami palang pera ng gobyerno!
    ang dami dami daming pera!
    sa simpleng tao, gift or regalo
    sa empleyado, bonus or 13th month
    sa senador at congressman, MOOE ang term na ginagamit nila
    interesting

  • JoseMiguelCasuarino

    … it is so easy for Enrile to give out large sums of money.. money that he has not toiled, not from the “sweat of his brows” It is our money… and to be spent honestly.. cleanly for the people and their urgent needs. I hate and I am fierce angry and I lament over his handling of the People’s money. I am terribly sad about the thousands and millions given out, while  for example….classrooms are urgently needed in different parts of the country, particularly in ‘seemingly’ neglected or unattended schools in the boondocks …and for example the ones hit by Pablo…. 
     Many of our elected officials are parasites-and they have made us their milking cows… feeding themselves on us, the people they promised to serve wholeheartedly,.. we pay for their salaries….and yet they steal from us, they lie to us, they cheat us, they fool us, they deceive us and yet they are addressed as  honorable so and so……

  • pedronimo

    The word is “Avarice” with a capital A. Mahiya naman kayo. Kaya mabuti pang matsunami nalang tayong lahat ng ma level and dying field,

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

    MGA WALANGHIYA ! TAMAAN SANA KAYO NG KIDLAT  !  PEOPLE’S MONEY PARA SA SARILI.. WALA NA TALAGANG MATINONG TONGGRESSMANN!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    Itong Belmonte na to ! kailan lang nakita ko kungnpaano dine demolish ang mga squatters sa Quezon city pero ayan easy lang na ipamigay ang pera ng bayan! kung tratuhin ang mahihirap kung gibain ang bahay nung mga tao ganun na lang pero kung ipamigay angmpera ng bayan ay ganon na lang. Sobra na rin tong mga to.

  • kismaytami

    Naka-paper bag din ba ito?

  • Janch

    Mga palamunin ng bayan.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Ang tanungin nyo ay kung bakit half million lang yong tinanggap ng mga congressmen. Tingnan nyo ang rason ni Rep. Noel. Kaya daw lumaki ng 43% ang MOOE that is, from 350 thousand to 500 thousand ay dahil sa performance nila sa impeachment at RH bill. This is in fact a huge blunder of Rep. Noel dahil di niya naisip na naibisto tuloy niya ang malagim na katotohanan. Di hamak na malakilaki din yong budget nila para pagtanggal kay CJ Corona at higit na mas malaking budget ng mga foreign lobbyists para maipasa ang RH bill. Kung ako ang congressman ay magrereklamo pa ako. Bakit half million lang? Walanghiyaan na rin lang bakit di pa lubuslubusin?

  • tata_boy

    walang kabusugan ang ating mambabatas, di na nagkasya sa pork barrel ang mga senatong at tongressmen,kaliwa’t kanan kung tumanggap sila ng milyones mula sa kaban ng bayan. mga kabayan, ano ang magagawa natin para masugpo ang walang patumanggang pag-halay ng mga mambabatas sa masa? nasaan na ang mga sparrow units?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MV4JC4DEGZJQKBIJMWEZ4KOKRE Arnel

      Tama ka, tata_boy.  Pera pera na lang talaga ang usapan dito sa ating aping bansa.

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

       tayo na sa bundok iwan natin ang tsinelas natin sa atin dahil sa bundok bawal ang tsinelas….

  • southernsons

     Taong bayan na ang nagpapa sweldo sa inyo, tumatanggap pa kayo ng cash gifts from taxpayer’s money? How about TAX REFUNDS as gifts para sa mga ordinaryong empleyado? Mas marami pa kayong may mapapasaya na pamilya.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Bigayan sa Kongreso at bigayan sa Senado. Subalit pera naman ng bayan ang ipinamimigay! Anong klaseng naglilingkod sa bayan itong napili ng mga botanteng Pilipino? Masakit, kuya Eddie, ang nangyayari sa bayang api!

    • $20733759

      Talagang masakit Kuya Eddie…bayang api…..walang magawa kundi maghinagpis sa inis!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1490584913 James Koa

    Prayer of the politicians.  Lord, I work very hard for the passage of the SIN taxes.  Many now realizes that smoking and drinking are very BAD.  Thank you for the BOUNTY of TAX which are about to receive and share with our fellow politician. Lord bless our PORK and hope we can work harder in the future.  

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

       konti lang ang income nila sa SIN TAX  sa RH sila babawi yun pinakamalaki ang budget…

  • marionics

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

  • wishfull thinking

    Yan ang nagagawa ng taxes na kinukuha sa mga Pilipino…Tapos mapapanood mo na lang sa tv na kulang ang mga libro sa eskuwelahan, kulang ng mga classrooms, kulang ng upuan, walang budget sa mga batang kalye, walang budget para sa mga pagpapagawa ng kalye sa probinsya, walang budget sa sagip kalikasan….magaling!

  • antonioluna

    wow, doon pala napupunta yung tax ko.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWPOD4ER5LJPDQU3N32NAC74X4 johnnie r

    Huwaw… talaga naman!!! Its more FUNDS in the Philippines, mapa congress man o senado. Sinong may sabi na naghihirap tayo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QJUD47DAPM2Y5J3AEMCE2C624 John TWT

    Yung ibang kawani ng gobyerno kinumplika pa ang pagbigay ng “performance based” bonus, tapos etong sa kongreso isang iglap lang kayang ibigay, ni walang standards o criteria na binabasehan.

    Mga teachers for instance, P5k lang ang natanggap na bonus. ‘Di hamak na mas grabe ang trabaho ng mga guro sa mga buwayang nandyan sa kongerso.

    Subukan kaya nilang magturo sa mga klase ng paaralan meron lalo sa mga kanayunan…

    Dapat yang mga extrang pera na yan ginagamit sa improvement ng mga paaralan! Edukasyon ang aangat ng buhay ng mga tao!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWPOD4ER5LJPDQU3N32NAC74X4 johnnie r

      Meron ako kilalang gov’t employee, binawasan daw yung cash-gift nila para daw i-ambag sa mga biktima ni Pablo…magkano lang naman yung amt, kakaltasan pa tapos ganito ang mababasa mo, hay buhay…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KY3YAFSYJAJ7VOHI64GVF5LI2Q coldfeet

        hindi lang kaltas.. buong 13month pay. binigay daw sa pablo… 

  • gilbongs

     what kind of congressmen and senators you are mga swapang mahiya kayo sa taong bayan nag pa upo nyo dyan. tingnan mo daming kawawang  nasagupa sa bagyong ondoy at pablo malaki pa ang pork barrel nyo may malaking RATA pa kayo samantalang mga clerk at lowly employees nang gobierno sinusuri nang maigi sa COA  sana mayrong bagyo para sa inyo mga swapang. at di lang kayo tamaan nang kidlat may araw din kayo calling all voters lets stop this nonsense lets decide this coming election burahin natin yang mga walanghitya.

  • hinayhinay

    “The P500,000 bonus is 0.71 percent of a representative’s P70 million
    pork barrel, while the P1.6 milllion bonus is 0.8 percent of a senator’s
    P200-million pork barrel.”

    Bale wala pala ang P500k kung ganon. Sa P70M na pork barrel x 20% na kickback kung mabait ang tongressman = P14M sa isang taon = halos P40,000 kada araw. Talagang ang dapat na national anthem ninyo mga kawatan ng bayan – “Araw araw ay magiging pasko lagi!” Mga bwiset!

  • Van

    I really don’t mind them getting bonuses or Christmas gifts. The problem is, if they’re getting that much, why is the Philippines still a country of generally hungry and homeless people?

  • warpiglets

    abolish senate and congress.. the bastion of corruption.  palabas lang yang daang matuwid nyo. pare parehas kayong kurakot..

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

       tama

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Devastated DAVAO ORIENTAL’s CATEEL & BAGANGGA needed money badly in order for them to recover as soon as possible.but these trapos and dynasties grab the people’s money without mercy. DO NOT VOTE FOR LP & UNA, vote for the independent candidates.

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

      yeah vote for independent candidates..to hell with UNA ang kurakot..and LPeee…

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

    Dark Justice or Iron hands is what we need for corrupt public servants…this will be the only solution in the Philippines to fight graft and corruptions other options will not work. 

  • Philcruz

    The same banana. Senate and House. So this is what you people have been doing all these years. I wonder how much of those funds have been audited by the COA as valid and legal.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Remember that the COA commissioners have to pass through another CoA, namely the Commission on Appointments composed solely of legislative members.

  • 56del_11

    kaya walang pag asang maipasa ang FOI bill, mabubusisi ng taong bayan ang pag gamit nila ng taxpayers money!!! kaya nagpapatayan kayong maging tonggresman at senatong sa dami ng manakaw na kaban ng bayan dun

    • Ronald

      Kahit maipasa yang FOI, takot lang maglabas ng data ng COA kung ganyan na pare pareho palang mandarambong ang mga politico

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Teacher to her student: What is the difference between a Senator and a Congressman?

    Student to his teacher: 1.3 Million Pesos.

  • rodben

    Marcos 20yrs in power but most of the Law makers ( Congress@Senate ) more or less 26yrs in power I guess mas mayayaman pa sila kaysa kay Marcos. Same blood, same soul, same heart, same mind only different faces.

  • kilabot

    these are the kind of political leaders voted by ignorant and illiterate electorates; 
    they cannot be bribed. but they can be mooe’d; 
    noykapon pampers them with taxpayers’ lollipop; 
    and he gets them to dance his abnoying tune. 

    do something about perversion. help rehabilitate a pervert. 
    No to perversion.

  • rodben

    Baka bonus sa RH BILL, at CORONA IMPEACHMENT at MAY SUSUNOD PA DIVORCE LAW, sayang pangbayad din ito sa mga botante ngayon election. FOI TYAK DI KASAMA SA BONUS MALABO IPASA.

    • wgd82

      kasi COI nila yang FOI bill…hehe

    • Carlos_Iho

      Korek!  Malinaw na dahilan kung bakit wala halos kumukontra kay BS Aquino.

  • Mendoza_Juniors

    Hintayin nyo ang budget ng RH Law!  Lahat sila nyan ay maghahati-hati! Simply said: Trust your politicians, ok?

  • wgd82

    nakakainis magbasa ng gantong balita… kaya pala ang lalaki ng nakakaltas sa 13th month namin!!!!

  • johnmiel1319

    Pweehh! Tapos, maraming Pilipino ang naghihirap!

    • Ronald

      No wonder they say that the economy is getting better! .5M na xmas gift ba naman!

  • Chris P Pnono

    anong akala nyo sa mga botante ng pinas may utak???painan lng kaunting halaga.burado na ang memorya,nakaka hi.blood talaga..mga politiko nagtampisaw sa salapi.. mga biktima ng bagyo natatampisaw sa putik.

  • malek_abdul

    If you want to get rich in just a short time…join politics. Tax payers money ginawang bunos ng mga politikong ganid….PWE!!!! Paging BIR Henares. Remember pag sumobra ng 30,000 pesos ang bunos ng isang karaniwang empleyado hinahabol niyo agad ng kaltas sa TAX. Exempted ba ang mga politiko?

    • Ronald

      Our tongressmen thanks you for your christmas gift

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    ipatupad na kasi death peanalty sa mga BUWAYA!! FIRRING SQUAD O SUNUGIN NG BUHAY!!

    • $14141131

      I think it’s the citizen who should organize the squad to impose death penalty on these corrupt politicians.

  • plat2012

    shame on you senators and congressmen.  madaling magbigay ng bonus sa inyo pero magbigay ng aide sa mga naghihirap na pilipino parang utang pa namin sa inyo.

    ang binabayaran naming tax buwan buwan mapupunta lang sa mga bulsa ninyo.  ang kapal ng mukha ninyo!!!  magccancer at manakawan sana kayo!

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

    Anak ng …..

  • boi skater

    This country is so corrupt and these people are so disgusting. I don’t want to believe that this country is hopeless but often it is very difficult not to.

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

    DOT slogan: …..”It’s more fun in the Philippines”
    Enrile and Belmonte:…..”More funds in the Philippines”

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

      Taxpayers…”It’s not fun to pay taxes in the Philippines”

  • Verlito Ablin

    It seems the legislators under the current administration are out of control and nobody can stop them on their moneymaking activities at the expense of hard-earned Filipino taxpayers money. A third force such as an NGO is needed as a genuine watchdog to protect the people interests.

    • Carlos_Iho

      All in exchange for full support for whatever BS Aquino wants!

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

    Wala sa katinuan ang taong magsasabi na okay lang ang nangyayaring eto sa Pilipinas!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Kaya nagpapatayan ang mga kandidato sa eleksyon kasi madamin perang pwedeng manakaw sa gobyerno. COA should start working more. Transfer the people from PCGG to COA.

    • $14141131

      PCGG is also a corrupt white elephant office. The COA, Ombudsman and Office of the President are inutile against corruption.

  • Carlos_Iho

    Ang senado at kongreso walang disiplina sa gastos at malayang gumagastos ng pera ng bayan at naitatago pa nila ito sa kung anu-anong dahilan at nakakalagpas sa audit.  May maaasahan pa ba tayo sa gobyerno na katinuan?  Parang wala yatang matinong pulitiko.

  • kishbuff

    Lahat SILA, MGA ANGKAN NI LOLONG!!!!

  • kishbuff

    Ho! Ho! Ho! House members got P.5M each

    Ho! Ho! Hotang ina nyo!
     

  • prince_janus

    Di talaga dapat asahan na gagawa sila ng kabutihan para sa mamamayan. Pinagperahan lang nila ang kaban ng bayan. Kawawa naman ang taumbayan na nagbabayad ng buwis para ibulsa lang ng mga hinayupak na mga kawatan. Ano kaya ang mangyayari sa budget ng RH Bill? Alam nyo na ba ang sagot? Tiyak yon!

    • Ronald

      Kaya naman pala lahat ng makita tinataasan ang singil, tax dito tax doon, saan nga ba kukunin ang ipamimigay at paghahati hatian na pera kundi sa taong bayan. 

  • prince_janus

    Bitayin ang mga buwaya sa senado at kongreso! Bombahin ng mga kamatis ang mga hinayupak na kawatan.
     

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

    These ANOMALIES both in congress and the senate, explain why PNOY and the other politicos are not keen on passing the FOI BILL….

    Pinoys deserve his kind of CORRUPT GOVT.

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

       CHECK…

    • Ronald

      Si NOYNOY ilang taon sa congress at senate, wala naman na accomplish. Saan napunta ang allocations nyan?  Kaya takot sa FOI BILL

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

    what a waste of public funds…!…this MOOE thing is so deceiving…i bet only 20 percent was actually used for operating expenses, …and the congressman or senator pocketed the remaining 80 percent…

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

    Lord, please send the senators and congressmen to a place where they truly belong….HELL…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Bali wala ang tuwid na daan ni Pnoy.

  • DAMBUHALA

    MGA BUWAYA KAYO……… ILIPAT NA SI LOLONG SA SIN ADO AT TONGRESS….. PARA SAMA SAMA NA SILANG MGA MAGKAKAPATID…….
     

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    this is worse than GMA’s time. kasi nagmalinis sila eh. mas malala pa pala. ang daming iskwela mapapagawa nyan. ang daming may sakit ang makikinabang. tapos ikukulong ka kapag dka nagbayad ng buwis. hehehe

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZNY7QZZDDBH4EBGB5ZS4IOUATE mave

      dmo lang alam kasi dna balita.

    • cute79

      sarap nga katayin ang mga pulitiko sa pilipinas.daming nangangailangan ng tulong sa mindanao nasalanta ng bagyo ,walang pagkain ,kulang ng gamot,walang tirahin maiyak ka mapanood kalagayan nila tapos malaman nlng na may malaking pera pala sana bansa natin pinamigay lang as bonus sa mga hinayupak na mga pulitiko.

  • melbourne333

    THERE IS MORE PUN IN THE PELEPENS!  Sabi ng kaibigan kong Hapon e “Wara Taraga” pag-asa?

  • Guest13th

    He also surmised that he and his colleagues received a smaller amount than senators because there were more House members.
    “If we would receive the same amount that JPE [Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile] gave, the country’s money would run out,” he jokingly said.
    – Whatta joke. Even if the country’s money ran out or not, it’s still the country’s money. 
    YOU’RE USING TAXPAYERS MONEY TO IMPROVE THE COUNTRY. NOT TO GIVE BONUSES TO YOUR FELLOW POLITICIANS WHO ARE BY THE WAY EARNING MORE THAN THEY ALREADY ARE FROM ILLEGAL RACKETS.
    This is the reason why artistas try to enter politics when they notice that their careers are falling apart.

  • wawa2172

    If its not bonus why give and additional MOOE for each congressmen. Why not spend the 500,000 Php to build schools and roads marami pang matutulungan or donate the 141MPhp to victims of Pablo and Sendng. Masyado namang maluho ang mga congressman. They just recently spent millions to put up a lounge at the congress. Now the additional perks….tamaan sana kayo nga kidlat.

    • cute79

      di na nga lang nahiya mga mambabatas sa pilipinas patuloy tumanggap ng ABULOY ang pilipinas galing ibang bansa tapos milyones pala ang mga bonus nila.puro talaga sila mga walang kwenta!

  • DAMBUHALA

    DAPAT ITONG TONGRESS AT KURATONG NA SENADO AY BUWAGIN NA…… WALA NAMAN ITONG NAGAWANG MAGANDA…. MAY BATAS NGA NA NAGAWA PURO BUTAS NAMAN… HALATANG GINAWA LANG NILA PARA SILA LANG ANG MAKINABANG…. DI PARA MALUTAS ANG SULIRANIN NG BAYAN…. PARA MABAWASAN ANG NANGUNGURAKOT SA PERA NG BAYAN…… BUWAGIN NA SENADO AT TONGRESS PARA EXECUTIVE NA LANG ANG ATING BANTAYAN…….. PABIGAT LANG SILA SA BAYAN……. PURO PANSARILI AT PAMILYA LANG NILA ANG KANILANG INAASIKASO AT KINAWAWA LANG NILA ANG TAONGBAYAN…..

    • cute79

      puro payaman sa mga sarili nila.kaya kung sino man gusto yumaman dyan magpulitiko nalng kayo!

  • jdelacruz13

    they are correct … these are NOT bonuses . these are peoples money being given by “a” tongressman to another tongressman . mga SIR/MADAM !!! mahiyahiya naman kayo . kahit si satanas ay baka ayaw na kayo tangapin sa impiyerno kasi baka mapalitan ninyo siya . 

  • mahuli

    to our politicians, PLEASE STOP THIS PRACTICE!!! sino kayang politiko ang gagawa ng bill to stop this practice? anyone?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    DEATH PEANALTY LANG SULUSYON SA MAG NANAKAW SA KABAN NG BAYAN TINGNAN MO SA CHINA!! BITAY KA PAG NAPATUNAYAN NAG NAKAW KA SA KABAN NG BAYAN!!

  • DonQuixoteDeRizal

    .. and we are talking about legislative branch. Let’s wait if somebody from executive and supreme court will also spill the beans because his or her are smaller gift than the favorites.

  • Ronald

    So they have been doing this every year.  Ang kapal, kaya naman pala sunud sunuran sa kahit ano iutos e, MAY LAGAY PALA

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Mga BULOK  na pinuno ng senado at house of  representathieves. .  nagsuhol sa mga BULOK  na  mambabatas , . .  ang resulta  MABAHONG  SENADO AT HOUSE  OF REPRESENTATHIEVES.

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    Saráp buhay, ah.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NEVA2H63NTJQZYPHS43GXZOVMI Jpar

    nakakainis ang mga ganitong balita pero kailangan ibalita eh…isa lng nararamdaman ko…yung tax na binabayad ko  pang good time lng nang mga @$%*! politiko na to…

  • opinyonlangpo

    When life is so hard for others, these senators really are out of touch with the people. No wonder why most people try to avoid paying their taxes as much as possible.

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