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Senate fund for oversight bodies doubled

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Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. declined to comment on the finances of the Senate, saying it was a separate branch of government. FILE PHOTO

Senate funding for oversight committees in the form of maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), the unused amounts of which  the Commission on Audit (COA) cannot examine, more than doubled to about P450 million since President Aquino took office three years ago.

The amount, which can be liquidated on a mere certification from a lawmaker, was on top of the more than P1 billion that senators get for regular committees.

Based on data culled from the Department of Budget and Management website, Senate funds for MOOE surged to P442.415 million in 2012 and to P428 million this year from only P212.398 million in 2010 and P209.898 million in 2011.

The funds are in addition to the amounts—which declined from P1.338 billion in 2010 to P1.148 billion in 2013—that the Senate sets aside for its 39 regular committees.

During the same period, the number of oversight committees in the 23-member Senate swelled from 19 in 2010 to 32 in 2012 and 34 in 2013.

The jump in the number of oversight committees and their MOOE was initiated by the Senate in 2011, the year Malacañang and Congress attacked the judiciary for abusing its own Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF). Magistrates can realign the fund, meant to  fill jobs in the judiciary, for other purposes such as bonuses.

By contrast, the 285-member House of Representatives saw its MOOE for special projects increase by 13 percent from P259.342 million in 2010 to P294.342 million in 2013.

The number of oversight committees in the House expanded from 24 to 29 during the period.

Mere certification

 

To prepare for the increase in the Senate’s MOOE in 2012, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. were authorized to use mere certifications in liquidating the unused MOOE from their regular and oversight committees.

This was confirmed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson who said that Congress had to resort to this loose type of liquidation in order to accommodate the flood of people going to their offices seeking financial assistance.

“Some of them are sick, some of them are asking for scholarships. There are so many of them visiting us every day. We cannot turn them away and more often, we are being fooled because some of these people are just taking turns asking for money,” Lacson said in a radio interview.

He said senators could not “possibly track down how the funds we give them are used.”

Lacson suggested that Congress come out with a concurrent resolution to produce more concrete documents for liquidating MOOE.

He acknowledged the complaints from several senators over the disparity in the budgets for the oversight committees. “Some receive as high as P25 million while some get only P3 million,” he said.

Lacson said this was the reason Sen. Franklin Drilon was assigned to rationalize the budget of the oversight committees.

Personal appeals

 

“There were personal appeals from some senators not to touch their budget in the oversight committees. But I don’t know what was the final decision of the Senate President, who always wanted to give priority to Senate employees in the distribution of excess funds, especially those with small salaries like janitors,” Lacson said.

Drilon did not respond to the Inquirer’s calls.

Lacson said some oversight committees had bigger budgets than regular committees although he pointed out that some budgets for oversight committees were mandated under the law.

“I’ve never looked into the details of how the funds of the oversight committees have been used because we leave it to the committee secretary. I only get to taste the coffee and soft drinks during hearings,” he said.

Lacson said the MOOE was different from the P200 million in annual pork barrel for each senator because all government agencies were entitled to the MOOE whose use was dependent on the budget officer.

A senator’s MOOE can be further augmented by the savings from the nonutilization of funds for personal services and capital outlays, according to Lacson.

Abad declines comment

 

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. declined to comment on the finances of the Senate, saying it was a separate branch of government.

He said the Senate was in a better position to explain why it needed additional oversight committees.

“As to expenditures made on those committees, it is COA which looks into the legal basis and reasonability of allocations,” Abad said.

A senator, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, said all senators, including the minority, were aware of the expansion in the number of committees and MOOE since 2012.

Based on the data from the Senate website, the four senators who have complained about the unequal cash “gifts” and “bonuses” that Enrile gave to senators before Christmas were more than well-represented in the oversight committees

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is chair of two committees and a member of three others; Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is chair of two committees and a member in 12 others; Sen. Pia Cayetano is a chair of one committee and a member in 16 others; and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is chair of one committee and a member in six others.

Senators Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honsasan and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. each chair three committees.


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  • vaporub123

    oversight committees of what?ang daming mamayang filipino naghihirap, at mga walang trabaho. ngayon itong mga senators kung gumastos ng pera akala mo sa kanila?mas maraming commmitees mas maraming makukurakot?at itong c.o.a. walang magagawa sapagkat ang budget nila ay nasa senado ang approval?” putting a fox to guard the chicken house”. wala ng mangyayaring pagbabago kung ang iboboto ng mga mamamayang filipino ay yon mga anak ng mga nakaupong senador ngayon.

  • farmerpo

    ‘ This was confirmed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson who said that Congress had to
    resort to this loose type of liquidation in order to accommodate the
    flood of people going to their offices seeking financial assistance’.
    Yuukkk, and i thought the DSWD is tasked to help poor people.

    How flagrant can corruption be? It is awesome and overwhelming it is beyond the grasp of Johnny of the Cross that is why he is keeping quite. Pinatubo was quite for 450 years.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OP6I5NAFIUECJUM7M2LYCEWXUU elias

    Mga Senatong at Tongressman, lahat yata sila ay miembro ng “Kurakot Committee” !!!!!!!

  • okayayonip

    ano ba talaga function nitong mga senator, baka walang ng magawa si dinky soliman sa social welfare at mga taga DOH, kanila rin pala pati may mga sakit. Only in the Phil senate.! oversight committee ang lakas ng raket na eto kc  madami ay overlapping ang function sa ibang committee, walang silbi kundi pinagkwakwartahan lamang.

  • Bansot

    Oversight committees  expect  COA auditors to overlook these anomalies that’s why they resolved that a MERE certification from the Senate President is sufficient to liquidate these allocation…..”OVER SIGHT”, OVER LOOKED, OVER SPENDING ….ALL OVER CORRUPTION!!!

  • calgary2526

    anak ng tokneneng! certification lang galing sa isang senatong ay sapat at matibay na pruweba para ipaalam kung saan napupunta ang pera???

    kung isusumbong ninyo sa amin na marami ang lumalapit sa inyo at humihingi ng tulong kung kayat hindi niniyo mai-liquidate ng maayos ang expenses ay ito ay isang kawalanghiyaan dahil unang-una HINDI at WALA naman dapat kayong perang pinanghahawakan dahil ang gumawa ng batas ang trabaho ninyo at hindi ang maging charity

    1!##$$^&& ninyong lahat!!!!!! magkusa kayong lahat na ipaalis na ang 200million pondo ng bawat isa sa inyo

  • maypakialam

    sin-ators, tong-grease-men. ang dami nyong pera balato naman jan. konti lang patikim din n binabayad kung buwis. yung kalsadang ayos wag nyung sirain at ayusin uli. yung water system sa isang town sa leyte my mga tubo na on the line wala pang reservoir heheheh tapos dinagdagan ang budget para maayos hinukay lang kunwri pinalitan ng tubo indi naman tinakpan lang ulit hehehehe. patikim naman kahit kakarampot lang sa buwes namin heheh

  • boi skater

    The whole system is corrupt with questionable people running
    them, emboldened by the fact that no receipts are required, no transparency and
    no audit.  What a racket.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    “DRILON DID NOT RESPOND TO THE INQUIRER’S CALLS.”  at bakit naman siya magpa-interview sa INQUIRER, eh baka ,,, alam mo na!

  • speedstream2

    How do you spell “double standards”? How do you spell “moral ascendancy”? How do spell “leadership by example”?

    • FernandoBusi

      NOT IN THIS TOWN … lol

    • PlumberfromCanada

      TUWID NA DAAN…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/E3MYJSHSXAHDYGHKQNC5YTPWKU JosephB

    According to Senator Sen. Lacson, marami daw pumupunta sa kanila na humihingi ng tulong. Ang problema, binibigay nila ang pera ng bayan na parang sarili nilang pera.  Sa ganyan ginagawa nila na basta na lang nagbibigay sila ng pera, paano natin masisiguro na totoo na binigay sa humihingi ng tulong. Puede nilang ilista ang pangalan ni satanas na humingi ng tulong sa kanila kahit sa katotohanan ay pinakapal ang sarili nilang bolsa. Mabuti ang ginawa ni Sen. Cayetano upang malaman ng bayan kung ano ang ginagawa ng mga mambabatas. Kaya, ngayon na malapit na ang eleksyon, dapat mamulat din ang mata natin bilang botante upang busisihin natin ang mga taong inilukluk natin sa Senado at congreso at huwag natin iboto ang mga taong abosado. Akala natin na malinis ang ginagawa nila dahil palaging nag-iinbestiga sa kaso ng iba ay marami palang lihim na ginagawa sa pera ng bayan.

  • chick

    hay naku

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

    WHY Increase this MOOE Funding..?

    Congress could NOT even make a proper “Liquidation of Expenses” with the necessary supporting receipts.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    What?! Para daw wala nang banagayn next year. Aynakow. Tayo na naman ang talo.

  • chick

    baka tayo ay makasuhan pa ng cyber libel nito

  • maypakialam

    heheh kakatuwa marami daw pumupunta sa kanila para humingi ng tulong kung makapangmata nga ng mahihirap yang nasa gobyerno ay wagas. heheheh diyos san kaya dumadaan yung mga nakakahingi ng tulong sa kanila?at pwede mag pa sched. para humingi ng tulong? heheheheh 

    tapos ano daw pwede gamitin the following year? eh 2.2million ang mooe nila buwan buwan hehehehehhe kalokohan niloloko nila ako aq hehehehe

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

      hehehe what is cordon sanitaire o di kaya nasa probinsya si sir. in 4 weeks 2.2M na! masaya na naman ang kabit.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JTYBNAOTDGZ74IUAP7XNBSD46Y Edsel

    Kung ang iboboto nyo ay Kapamilya, Kapuso at Kapatid sa darating na election, wag na lang. Mag-isip muna tayo ng mabuti. Let’s end political dynasty in the upcoming election. Don’t vote for them. :-) #notopoliticaldynasty #stoppoliticaldynasty

  • victorts

    Because the regular committees are allotted more than 1 billion pesos on top of the 450 million pesos given  to oversight committees as MOOE, may the senators list and publish in newspapers of national circulation what these various committees have achieved during the year they spent the staggering amount of money?  We expect huge benefit for us voters who put all of you in that  position of envy.

    The people should note that the 200 million pork for each senator is separate and distinct from the expenses of the aforementioned committees.  With that windfall, it is no wonder every Juan, Jose, and Pablo is willing to spend hundreds of millions to get elected senator.  And it does not matter what his qualifications are.  And to keep the wealth in the family, senators field their brother, sister, wife, husband, children in the senate race.  Is there any other get rich fast scheme better than this?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAAEZZZL7OMMZ5K4KCFETADLSM jerome

    ay naku scholarship, hospital bills lumang tugtugin na ng korupsyon yan. bakit di ba pwedeng ipasa sa CHED, DepEd, DOH, at kung ano pang ahensya yan…ginagawa lang nilang palusot nila para makapag nakaw dapat talaga tanggalin na yang MOOE na yan at pati Pork Barrel at lagyan ng sariling payroll at accounting dept ang buong senate at congress para may hahawak ng pasweldo ng tao para bawas ghost employee na din

    • cute79

      gumawa sila ng batas pabor sa kanila di para sa karamihan.ang makuhang dagdag na tax sa alak at sigarilyo ay parang sa senado rin mapunta pandagdag sa MOOE.Sarap pasabugin at senado at malakanyang para mawala na silang lahat

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    ibaba sa 100 pesos ang plunder!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCQMRK4HVOSF2IGML46TAGKMXU Benjamin

    Now it appears that the most corrupt branch of government is the Legislative. The Senate as well as the Lower House are reeking with corruptions. With hundreds of million of pesos being disbursed to these solons, no wonder so many are trying to get elected to the Senate or Congress. Ito ang mga buwaya sa gobyerno. MANGAHIYA NAMAN KAYO!

  • DGuardian

    BIlyun-bilyon ang inilalaan at nalulustay na mga pondo ng Senado at House of Representatives taun-taon, pero wala kang makikitang naipagawa ang mga pondong ito. Ang mga pangit, minenos at burnaol  na mga flyovers, roads, at iba pa ay mga proyekto  ng national government ay halatang hindi lahat ng perang pondo na nakalaan para sa mga ito ay napunta sa mga naturang proyekto. Ang NLEX at SLEX ay mga pribadong investors ang gumasta sa pagpapagawa na sisingilin ang mga nagasta mula sa walang katapusang toll fees galing sa mga motorists. Kaya lang gumaganda ang ibang bahagi ng Metro Manila ay dahil sa mga malls, condominium buildings , hotels, high-rise office buildings, restaurants, parks at iba pang entertainment, civic at sports venues na ginastahan at ipinatayo ng mga private investors. Saan napupunta ang 220 million pesos na pork barrel ng bawat isang Senador taun-taon at ang 70 million pesos na pork barrels ng bawat Congressman taun-taon?

    Napakaraming pondo ang napupunta sa mga Senador at Congressmen bukod sa matataas nilang mga suweldo at sa maintenance ng kanilang mga opisina pati ang pang-suweldo sa mga staff nila. Dapat ay tanggalin ng ang mga pork barrels at ipampatayo na lang ng mga maaayos na condominium buildings para sa mga informal settlers, hindi lang sa Metro Manila kindi sa lahat ng mga informal settlers sa buong bansa. Nakakahiya sa ibang mga nasyon  ang ganoong subhuman conditions na siyang existence ng mga mahihirap na Pilipino ganoong ang mga Senador at Congressmen natin pati na ang iba pang opisyales ng gobyerno ay nakatira sa mga mansion at palasyo at sobra sa comfort at luxury ang buhay.  Dapat ding bawasan ang bilang ng mga senador at mga congressmaen. Napakaliit ng Pilipinas, pero 24 ang mga Senador natin samantalang kulang-kulang na 300 ang ating mga congressmen. Sa mga matataas na suweldo lang ng bawat isa sa kanila ay maghihirap na ang Pilipinas. Ang America na 50 ang mga states ay 100 lamang ang mga senador dahil 2 senators lang bawat isang state at 435 lang ang mga congressmen sa kabuuang 50 states.

    Sana ay hilingin ng mga tao na magdaos ng isang nationakl referendum para itanong sa mga tao ang pagtanggal sa lahat ng pork barrels at sa pagbawas sa bilang ng mga Senador at Congresssmen. Isama na rin sana dito ang pagbabalik ng death penalty. Sobra-sobra na ang holdapan, murders, rapes at iba pang krimen sa Pilipinas, pero hindi nababahala ang Presidente, Vice President, Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Mayors, Barangay Chairmen, AFP at PNP. Katungkulan ng gobyerno na protektakan ang buhay, properties at rights ng mga inosenteng mamamayan at hindi ng mga Kriminal

  • carlos_premacio

    To silence the legislative branch is to swell and create new committees and oversight committees with funding. This is usually done by weak executive leaders who are afraid of the complaints of members of Congress particularly the Senate. The President through the DBM and their political manipulator is successful in this area. This is the reason why you could not identify the majority and minority members in the congress because the Palace distribute the pork/bounty to all senators/congressmen to zipper their mouth. PNoy is no different from the monstrous GMA. He never used his high ratings in reforming the most important institution in the country which is the Philippine congress. He rather creates monsters from among these crocodiles. 

  • wawangpenoy

    Hindi pa kasama ang pork barrel dito. WOW!!!!  Kaya pala naghihirap ang Pinas hindi dahil sa kung ano pa mang dahilan. Senate lang, bagsak na ang bansa.

    Yong mga sira ulo nga dyang may nititira pang katinuan, paki plano lang ang pag bomba sa Senate pag full session na sila and whoever you are, I thank you profusely. May the force be with you.

  • mayong

    Talaga nga naman ang aking IDOL… may isang salita talaga>>> yan ang sinabi niya sa Impeachment Trial when she said “Panginoon bigyan niyo ako ng isa pang buhay at paiimbistigahan ko lahat dito sa congress at sa senado pati sarili ko paiimbistigahan ko”…. kaya Lacson before yan ginawa ni Madam alam niya ang ginagawa niya… talagang handa na siya…. kaya humanda ka rin sa pagbabalik niya. In the case of that promise she said then she accept that she lied….. talaga namang panalo na sila dahil majority sa senators that time is against the opening of the envelop kaya imposibling matalo si Estrada. kaya lang napaalis si ESTRADA nga claim ng iba na talo si  ESTRADA  kaya dapat magtalon si Madam  to keep her promise….. hindi na kasi yon ang issue.. napatalsik si Pres. Estrada sa pwesto hindi dahil natalo sa Impeachment kundi dahil sa people’s power…. Ngayon tanong ko rin sa mga hipokritong taong kumukutya sa kanya…. kaya niyo bang pantasyan ang mga nagawa ng butihing senadora dito at sa labas ng bansa? Isip-isip naman kayo!

  • Ari Putan

    Akala ko ba hindi kurap ito si Ping….
    OMG…. another disappointment !

  • wakats

    “Ping confirmed that congress had to resort to this LOOSE type of liquidation (by mere certification) in order to accommodate the flood of people going to their offices seeking financial assistance.”

    To legally-minded commenters, the author of this article must ask ping what particular law authorizes the two houses of congress to liquidate millions of MOOE by mere certifications only.
    This loose type of liquidation will open the floodgate of corruption among the senatongs and tongressmen at the expense of taxpayers who paid their taxes from their blood money acquired through sweat and tears. 

  • Karabkatab

    “The amount, which can be liquidated on a mere certification from a lawmaker, was on top of the more than P1 billion that senators get for regular committees.”
    Ganito pala ka powerful ang mga leche na ito.  Well, they may be powerful, but, are they credible?  What happens now to the universaly accepted accounting principle that “all expenses must be properly represented or substantiated by an official receipt”? Nagtatanong lang po mga honorables…

  • PlumberfromCanada

    wala yatang mga yellow parrots dito?? come on..do your job,sayang sweldo nyo from miscommunication group….

  • XSNIPERX

    Wish kona lang ngayon.. mayron sanang masiraan ng ulo sa senado na may baril at pagbabarilin na lang ang mga senador na to, mas magiging makabuluhan ang buhay niya sa sambayanang pilipino.. baka maging bayani pa sya.. hamak mo napatay niya ang mga senador na inaboso ang pera ng taong bayan!

    • cute79

      sana sa senado ang niratrat ni marantan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    We should repeal the mandate of congress to limit it to purely legislation work. Tapos ang usapan. ‘m sure walang political dynasties na tatakbo for senate o congress. They’d rather spend time on business than creasing their foreheads over new laws without satisfactory financial returns. Aminin na kasi, kaya nasa sneado yang mga mayayaman na yan dahil mas malaki kita/ kickback sa senado kaysa magnegosyo. Yung ibang magaling, sinasabay kickback at negosyo.

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Senator Enrile gives out public money to senators

    Enrile gave a whopping bonus of 1.6 million pesos each to 18 senators last Christmas. 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.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

      hindi mo ba na basa ang comment no boldyak?  “..sana mamatay na kayo lahat..” hahaha

  • boldyak

    garapalan na pangungurakot….hahaha….naghihirap ang bayan dahil sa mga LAWMAKERS…HAHAHA..Corona was impeached dahil daw corrupt…sino nag-impeach?….the more corrupt congress and senate….OMG….kasalanan na ipanalangin na mawala sa mundo ang mga taong ito, pero di na bale ako magkasala….sana mamatay na kayo lahat…

  • senatongresman

    Pera ng bayan nilalaro ng mga kawatan na honorables”KUNO”. Dapat nga hulogan ng bomba ang senate house at house of representatives para mubos na sila at panibagong simula para maging warning sa mga bagong senatong at tongresman na pinapatay ang magnakaw sa kaban ng bayan. 

    Ang sobrang pera dapat gastusin sa pag upgrade ng public hospitals; schools at infrastractures na mapakinabangan ng mamamayan!!!! Kaya dapat tanggalin na ung mga VAT sa mga gasolina at pangunahing bilihin na pinanggalingan ng pondo; binubulsa lang ng mga kawatan nating Senatongs & Tongressmen!!!!!!! Gising na mamamayan!!!

  • pinoy_abroad2012

    Sana magbilaokan itong mga corrupt na ito. Sana hindi makasama kanilang mga anak o apo na pinakakain nila ng nakaw na pera galing sa pawis at dugo ng mga naghihirap na Pilipino. MGA BABOY AT LINTA ng Bayan.

  • Rolly257

    Kaya pala pingtatanggol ni Escudero, Lacson, Jinggoy, Drilon, Sotto at Loren si Enrile eh…nasasarapan sila at nakikinabang.

  • Rolly257

    Pati mga empleyado ng Senate , nasasarapan din kaya nagra rally behind Enrile.

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

      fry in HELL you spoiled brat beaurucrats…!!!!!!

  • LegalJustice

    ” The liquidated on a mere certification from a lawmaker, was on top of the more than P1 billion that senators get for regular committees”.

    ATTENTION: ANG TUWID NA DAAN PRESIDENT

    ITS NOW TIME TO CHANGE THE PROTOCOL – WE NEED TO REVISE THE PROVISION AND THIS NEED TO BE EXPEDITED ASAP !

    FOR THIS IS A PLAIN AND SIMPLE TEMPTATION FOR CORRUPTION AND OBVIOUSLY ITS BEEN GOING ON.

    REMEMBER THIS IS PEOPLES MONEY  WHO PAY TAXES WITH THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY.

    AND PLEASE RETURN ALL THE MONEY BACK THE 1.6 MILLION ON EACH SENATOR FOR THERE ARE STILL ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP THAT WAS HIT BY TYPHOON: PABLO.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

    “The jump in the number of oversight committees and their MOOE was initiated by the Senate in 2011, the year Malacañang and Congress attacked the judiciary for abusing its own Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF). Magistrates can realign the fund, meant to  fill jobs in the judiciary, for other purposes such as bonuses” … totoo nman pala sinasabi dati ng depensa na may bigayan ng pera nung kasagsagan ng impeachment, sobra2 pa ang halaga.  tsk. tsk. tsk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

    ANG DAANG MATUWID

  • Philcruz

    Good investigative reporting should be able to dig up who requested for the creation of the additional oversight committees.. and who approved such.

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

    Imbes na ibigay sa mga mahihirap na nangangailangan ng pangpagamot, ibinubulsa ng mga Senatong at Tongressman ang pera ng bayan. Walang silbi ang pang unlad kung sa mga gahaman at ganid sa pera napupunta ang buwis ng mamamayan.

    COA ayusin nyo trabaho nyo!  

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

      mabuti pa bigyan nila ng financial assistance ang millions of sari-store or palengke vendors, along with those who belong to the “underground” economy, so that the wealth will truly be equally distributed…instead of pouring these into dumb “oversight” committees.

  • patawad

    Mere certification is just so stupid.  Who thought of this idea, so very stupid, i repeat—so very stupid!!!!!

  • hopeless_na

    overpaid + over budget = oversight… pa-over-over pa kasi.

  • caloyski65

    let us invite several high school students from U.S. who are psychopaths and armed them with assault riffles and hand guns and let them loose at the congress…..

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

    i hope someone bombs the senate and house, what a waste of public funds..how disgraceful!!!!!!

  • Rogers Nelson Uy

    Daang matuwid diretso sa kanilang bulsa

  • pilosopo4

    The mother of all scams perpetrated right in the face of the Filipino people and then we go back every 3 or 6 years and elect the same characters and complain. We must stop our victim mentality and work hard to elect worthy officials!

  • wawa2172

    While criticizing the judiciary of its benefits and impeaching Corona, all the while the Senate been keeping worms in their cans by doubling its MOOE whose liquidation is only through certifications, meaning without official receipts. As Lacson justified the funds was used for coffee, softdrinks, coffin, medical assistance, bonus for the janitors, etc. This means pwedi itong gamitin pang rin pang shopping, pang grocery, pamalengke, fine dining, ,..pang chicks or cats.  So the senate MOOE funds is for all general purposes and the expenditure is dependent on the whims of the senators. Who will impeached the senate impeachment judges, well, wala. It is true na hindi na corruot ang Pinas, tama si PNoy nang sabihin niya ito dahil sa totoo ang Pinas ay ….Very Corrupt. Mababa na grade ang nabigay ni PNoy sa pagiging corrupt nang gobyerno…C lang hindi VC…

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

    Mere certifications in liquidating MOOE funds…SHIT mahiya kayo sa mga sarili ninyo nagpapasarap kayo sa taxpayer money..mga walang mudo mga swappang…ang daming nagugutom tignan nyo sa smokey mountain nagpupulot mga basura para lang may makain kayo mga senador buwaya…

  • nparvus1202

    Talagang para walang umalma kay ABNoy tinatapalan niya ng kuwarta mga politiko. Alam niya lahat sila swapang sa pera.

  • cute79

    Grabe sa kabila ng kontrobersyal sa nangyari sa senado malaki pa rin budget ulit ang budget ng senado this year.ITO BA ANG TUWID NA DAAN???Palikong daan na yata at LUBAK_LUBAK PA!!!hahay Pilipinas kong Mahal kawawa ka.



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