Senate MOOE budget doubled under Enrile – Alan Cayetano


Senate minority floor leader Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines –The budget for the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOEs) of the Senate has allegedly doubled when Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile assumed his post in 2008, Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano revealed on Wednesday.

From P750 million in 2008, Cayetano said the MOOEs of the Senate went up to P1.5 billion.

“I realized that the budget doubled from the time Senate Enrile became Senate President. Siguro dapat lang dahil very productive at madami tayong trabaho (Maybe it should be because we have been very productive and we had so much work). Pero makikita po ninyo (But you can see), from around P750 million, we went up to around P1.5 billion,” Cayetano said in a privilege speech, citing his own research.

“ I did my own math, Mr. President. ‘Yung P470 million, sa mga oversight committee ‘yon, ang nagli-liquidate ‘nun ay mga chairman (The P470 million that’s for the oversight committee and it’s the chairman who’s liquidating it) . My question now, Mr. President, paano po nili-liquidate itong P600 million? (How the P600 million is being liquidated?) I was told that a big part of this is being liquidated by certification.”

“ I was told [that for] personal services… [if there are] savings, you can realign it.. And you can also justify its use by mere certification,” he  further said.

Responding to this, Enrile took the floor to answer Cayetano’s queries.

The Senate leader said the P600 million that Cayetano must have been referring to was the P589, 685,000 that was allotted for the MOOEs of the Senate  Secretariat last year.


Of the P2.853 billion budget of the Senate in 2012, Enrile said  P589,685,000 was allotted for the MOOEs of the Senate Secretariat; P1.294 billion for personal services;  P430 million for senators’ MOOEs; P4 million for senators’ capital outlay;  P390 million for the Secretariat’s capital outlay while the remaining P494 million was allotted for oversight committees.

The P589, 685,000 MOOEs that Cayetano was questioning, he said, was allotted on the following items:

Traveling expenses –  P189, 675,000

Training expense  – P7.726M

Office supplies expenses amounting  –  P35.277M

Gasoline and oil –  P14.518M

Utility expenses amounting  — P51.474M

Communication expenses — P6M

Membership dues and contributions – P1.947M

Advertising expenses – P816,000

Printing and binding expenses –  P3.292M

Rent expenses –  P124.999M

Representation expenses— P38.401M

Other professional  services  — P40.692M

Transportation and delivery expenses – P 482,000

Subscription expenses P4.420M

Repair and maintenance – P9.62M

Extraordinary expenses –  P47.593M

Taxes duties and fees – P1.905M

Regarding the P250,000 that he gave to senators last December,  Enrile reiterated that it did not come from his own pocket. He earlier said that the money came from the savings of his own office.

He also justified his decision to give a smaller amount of additional MOOEs to members of the opposition group since this has been the practice in the past.

Only four senators  received a total of  P850,000 – P600,000 additional MOOEs in November and another P250,000 Christmas gift in December 2012 – and they were Cayetano, his sister Pia Cayetano, Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.

The two Cayetanos and Trillanes belong to the minority group while Santiago is a known critic of the Senate leader.

Except for the four, all 18 senators received a total of P2.2 million MOOEs each in November and December 2012, aside from the P250,000 each given also in December.

Enrile recalled that when he was a member of the  minority group, he did not also enjoy the same privileges being enjoyed by those allies of the administration. And this practice, he said, is being done  now even at the House of Representatives.

He said he was standing by his decision to give a lesser budget for the minority members.

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  • East_Crusader

    what does the senate contribute than making circus theater with a cost of 1.5 billion pesos

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Enrile is standing by his decision to give a lesser budget for the minority member. Why?

    “Because it is a time-honored tradition in the senate to marginalize the minority. Independence of mind and uncompromising principles must be stamped out. Every senator must toe the line and support the senate president.” — Enrile

    “Why should we give them funding, they’re not supporting the senate president!” — Senator Gigi Reyes* in DZMM interview by Karen Davila (21-Jan-2013, 5pm)

    *Gigi Reyes is sometimes Enrile’s official chief of staff and sometimes the self-appointed 24th senator of the Philippine Republic. A usurpation of authority happening right under the noses of 23 duly-elected senators. Another first of its kind in our history.

    • dfirst

      …sana kunin n siya, at ‘ung iba pang mandurogas s kaban ng bayan, para aasinso n ang bansang pilipinas.

      • butchred

         alam mo kapatid kung may mga ganyang pulitika sa bansa natin hindi aasenso ang pilipinas. wag na natin iboto ang mga katulad nila!

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Enrile:  Gusto ko happy ka, here is P200,000,000.00 for you.

  • tata_boy

    Ngayon maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw kung bakit hindi umuusad ang FOI bill at hinding-hindi ibabasura ang bank secrecy laws lalong-lalo na ang tungkol sa $$$ accounts. Kailangan ba natin itong mga mambabatas, napakalaking halaga naman ang napupunta sa mga moro-morong ginagawa ng mga ito. Tahimik lahat iyong mga nagpakasasa sa milyones na galing sa kaban ng bayan. Definitely, an independent body of auditors have to look after the finances of the house of the senate, isama na rin ang mga senatongs at tongressmen. Kailangan ba talaga ang mga mambabatas? Bakit may pork barrel ang mga ito? 

  • 100345roselia

    The real issue (repeat the REAL ISSUE) here is:  Was the x’mas cash gifts – taxpayers’ money – given by JPE to senators moral, ethical, noble & in conformity to a standard of right?  Was it not a subtle way of bribing senators’ loyalty whatever it is?  Is this “matuwid na daan” or a senators’ simple way of doing things which is repugnant, offensive & obnoxious?  

  • nelson

    JPE ang sumira sa polital career ng anak niya.. Stupid move ang ginagawa only shows panunuhol sa kapwa senador lalo sa majority para makuha ang loob nila… Walang pinagkaiba sa corruption yang pag uugali ni JPE..Shame to you

    • 12JEM

      HE IS A SHAMELESS CHARACTER. Iniwan ni Cristina right after the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary

      What can we say of the Senators who continue to support him?

      • butchred

         e di iboto mo!

  • tilamsik

    they victimize the people who voted for them…. GULLIBLE VOTERS… 

    got to have a PEOPLE POWER to remove all these scalawags!!! 

  • Comelec Voter

    what kind of relationship does Gigi have with Enrile? She is only a chief of staff but thinks she has a higher position than the Senators. Just wondering, why don”t they audit Gigi also and see if she pocketed public funds also. She is so defensive…Again, what kind of working relationship do you have with Enrile?

  • Comelec Voter

    Lets not have another Enrile in the Senate

    • justomontevedio

      I agree.

  • tilamsik

    I wonder how enrile talked so eloquently during the impeachment of his fellow corrupt corona… mas bulok pa pala sya … 


     nakakahiya si enrile !!!!!!!!!!  grabe pati patay isinali sa usapan

    • butchred

       no to cayetano, no to trillanes, no to pimentel!

  • simondj

    As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; For soon it is gone and we fly away. Psalms 90:10,, after 80 years old, ang sabi ng biblia, we boast in our pain and sorrow. which is true and correct as we can see it in the senate.

  • Janch

    Riiight!  Of course, everyone believes that these amount were all really spent on all those expenses Enrile listed.  Suuure, we believe him. Pwe!

  • butchred

    siguro kung parehas lng ang amount na binigay ni tatang tulad nung ibang senator di puputak si sen. cayetano!

  • disqusted0fu

    Is this the result of the Aquino administration’s anti corruption drive? Yes, because while they are spotlighting GMA, they failed to check the rest of the government officials and intentionally forgot to check the kkks.

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