Lacson proposes new rules on liquidation of MOOE expenses

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Senator Panfilo Lacson. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Panfilo Lacson is planning to recommend to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile the issuance of a circular detailing the Commission on Audit’s rules on the liquidation of the Senate’s billions of pesos in funds for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE).

Lacson, the chair of the Senate committee on accounts, said there’s no need for Congress to do away with Concurrent Resolution No. 10 that in effect allowed the Senate and the House of Representatives to liquidate expenses through mere certifications signed by lawmakers instead of submitting official receipts.

“I’m recommending the issuance of a circular by the Senate President to be affirmed by at least the majority of the senators, detailing the new guidelines on the liquidation of expenses based on COA’s guidance,” Lacson said in a text message to the Inquirer.

Lacson earlier said that Congress had done away with its practice of liquidating millions of pesos for MOOE through certifications.

He made the revelation following the meeting on Wednesday between congressional leaders and Commission on Audit chair Grace Pulido-Tan.

“(We) agreed to submit ourselves to the disposition of COA and COA explicitly expressed that it would no longer accept liquidation by certification, at least prospectively, starting 2013,” Lacson said.

The development came in the wake of the Senate funds controversy triggered by Enrile’s release in December of P1.6 million each in additional MOOE to 18 senators and his grant of P250,000 each to all his colleagues from his office’s savings.

“It goes without saying that COA no longer recognizes liquidation by certification. It goes without saying Concurrent Resolution No. 10 is no longer in effect,” Lacson said.

“We have no option actually. That’s what the COA said with their mandate under the constitution so we agreed… Both houses agreed. The Speaker was present and so was the chairman of the accounts committee [of the House]. The COA chair was present,” he added.

Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, who engaged Enrile in a bitter exchange in the Senate plenary over the use of Senate funds, acknowledged that the decision to follow COA’s strict rules on liquidation of expenses “was a good first step.”

Cayetano, nonetheless, said the COA’s investigation should result in making those who may have violated laws in the course of using the Senate’s funds accountable.

“We cannot sweep this under the rug,” Cayetano said in a telephone interview.

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  • JosengSisiw1

    Why not return the 1.6 million bonus first? Whatever the senate will do later they should come out clean of this issue first.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Dapat ang ipropose ay tanggalin ang pork barrel dahil ito ang ugat ng corruption at ito rin ang tanging dahilan kaya sandamukal ang naghahangad maging sendor at congressman…..look pabalik balik ang mga senador kahit yung mga lumang senador. Ang Suprme Court naman pinilipit pa ang interpretation ng term limit. Pag natapos ang term pahinga lang ng one season at tatakbo na uli…fresh start daw yun. Sino ngayon ang maniniwala na hindi nabayaran ang SC para pilipitn ang batas sa term limit? No wonder habangbuhay na ang mga pulitiko sa pwesto. Si Maceda halimbawa na uugod ugod na ay gusto uli bumalik.Ganyan din si Jun Magsaysay. Ganyan ang gayuma ng pork barrel……

    Still on pork barrel, kung hindi ito kayang tanggalin, magkaroon man lang ng moratorium sa release nito, lets say every 5 yrs man lang…kawawa na ang bayan……o kaya isabay sa Olympic season ang release nito. Most of all inembento lng ng Senado at Kongreso yang pork…wala yan sa constitution.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Hindi kaya matagal ng tinatapalan ng pera ng mga senador ang COA…..baryang barya lang sa bawat sendaor ang i million na pangsuhol para hindi sila i audit……24m yun yearly kung totoo ang aking imahinasyon…walang imposible sa Pinas…..Si Enrile pa, he is the dirtiest politician in the galaxy…..

  • doublecross

    clean-up the bad work,cann’t restore the image of the senate….corrupt!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Isang tawag lang yan sa COA….”Wag nyo na kami i audit,,,bigyan namin kayu ng pang kape, tig 1m ang ibigay ng bawat senador…yung sa kongreso…just talk to the Speaker…..tig 500k naman sila bawat congressman….yan ang i propose nyo”   ……….. Ganyan sa Pinas, pera pera lang ang usapan…..

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

    Better late than …… Pagbabangon-puri.
    Thanks Manong for the unfair treatment in giving bonuses.
    If not, the anomalous MOOE liquidation could not have been exposed.
    Pweeeh, it still stinks …!!

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    I think it also goes without saying that more people are interested in Sen. Lacson telling them the truth about the liquidation of the Kuratong Baleleng gang members and Messrs. Dacer & Corbito.
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  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    IN OTHER WORDS, DAMAGE CONTROL !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Lacson-Enrile team is doing a damage-repair sa lumabas na baho ng Senate’s MOOE. They don’t have to as their reputation is already damaged. Kaya pala kahit gumagastos ng milyon milyon tuwing may election e nababawi nila ito ng sobra sobra pa mula sa MOOE at porks. Hangang ngayon gusto nila pagtakpan.
    Dapat meron brand ng gatas na MOOE (Milk-Of-Oll-Evil) exclusively manufactured by the Senate at Congresso.

  • Bansot

    “New Rules” will not change anything if the same personalites are in the top goverment posts. Senator Lacson, I have a better idea, what we need are  “NEW MEMBERS  FOR THE SENATE ” and the “HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES”.  So I propose to all voters to get rid of those movie stars who turned politicians, those members of the political dynasties, the TRAPOS, the corrupts, and the ‘CROCODILES”!!!

  • Hellomr

    Itong ipinamigay na Christmas gift ni enrile dapat isoli Ito.. Ang mga senator gusto pa makalusot dito…mga. Kung ano-ano pinag uusapan dapat ibalik muna lahat Ito….Sa ngayon ay wala ng nagtitiwala sa sanate….

  • Hellomr

    Ang status ng senate ngayon ay wala ng authority para mag investigate ng mga government official. No moral ascendancy to do so. They’re corrupt……

  • boybakal

    Lacson proposes new rules on liquidation of MOOE expenses…..

    This is a slap on the face of our CPA’s, SGV, COA;s, Accountants,etc etc.
    And yet Lacson is the one making new rules on Liquidation of expenses…
    Funny, funny…mahiya naman kayong mga CPA…standard na yan liquidation.

  • ben311

    palusot na naman…dating pulis yan kaya alam na alam lokohin ang mga pinoy.

  • Hellomr

    Now a lot of mangmang na hindi marunong pumili ng iboboto ay alam na ngayon kung sino ang mga corrupt sa government na hindi dapat malukluk sa puwesto.

  • ben311

    eto na naman tayo gagaguhin na naman ang mga pinoy na madali naman gagohin.

  • calixto909

    Lacson with all your prowess in sly machination, I for one believe in the existence of an alien but not on your credentials. You are a devil in disguise. Let the COA implement its mandate freely bereft of interference from congress. Enough of this nonsense of yours. If you want to help the country then resign for your kind is a hurdle to progress. 

    You blurted a blah blah blah against Santiago but days had passed yet there’s no case filed. It’s all press release for political amelioration. Now here you go again with a bombastic proposal just so that you be shown in public to be working for the country’s benefit but in reality your proposal is an obstacle to the investigative task of COA to audit the senate’s expenditures on the savings. Your proposal is meant to curtail the power of the COA to make Enrile accountable for his misconduct in the disposition of the savings.

    Lacson is as sly as a fox.

  • 100345roselia

    Lacson is one of the many rotten apples THAT FALLS NOT TOO FAR from the tree (Enrile).

  • Paking

    Nabuking kaya kunwari may gagawing pagbabago. Kudos to COA for not keeping a blind eye on this “hukos-pokus” agenda of the lawmakers. Saan ka nakakita na uubusin ang budget at mag-i-issue lang nang certification na ginamit ito nang maayos? LOL! Lahat nang nakinabang sa ganitong pang-ga-gago sa taong bayan ay dapat alisin sa puwesto at kung puwede sana ay ibitay. ALL these lawmakers (Senatongs and Tongressmen) are guilty of stealing and could not be trusted. If public office is a public trust, ALL of them should resign. But then, this is Philippines, nakukuha sa pakapalan nang mukha kaya huwag magtaka, paulit-ulit pang mag-papa-re-elect yang mga magnanakaw na yan.

  • DAMBUHALA

    NGAYON PA…. ANG DAMI NIYO NANG NAKULIMBAT….. KUNYARI PA KAYO….. TAPOS GUSTO PANG MAGPA REELECT…. ANG KAPAT NG MGA  MUKHA NIYO……. TAMAAN SANA KAYO NG KIDLAT…

  • garcia677

    Panfilo Lacson extricated himself from the fold of the law from all his cases because of his cunning ability to employ a travesty to the judicial process in particular to the law on evidence. Mangcao. Aquino and Dumlao were his co conspirators to this machination. These four concocted a scheme to plant false and flimsy evidences on the cases filed against them via entering as state witnesses and etc. but the bottom line is to earlier maim the prosecution by false testimonies and planted flimsy evidences, in order to portray that Lacson has no direct link to all those crimes but all his participation is command responsibility. I had a PNP town mate who had been a member of the PAOCCTF headed by Lacson and he disclosed that the kuratong baleleng case was truly a rub out since this gang refused to pay to Lacson his share. Lacson had been the protector of this group but when they betrayed him and became traitors for not remitting his share from the loot, then death was its price. Similar to the issue on Marantan. My town mate is now in jail for a crime of kidnapping, their usual job during the heyday of Lacson

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

    Napakataas ng standard niyo ng hinusgahan niyo si Corrona. mas mabaho pa pala kayo. 1996 pa etong certification by liquidation.  Tanong: magkano na ba ang naipon niyo?

  • doncleo

    exempted pala kayo sa rules ng COA na dapat may official receipt sa liquidation…kayo pala dyan sa senado certification lang pwede na at milyon milyon pa ang halaga ng nililiquidate nyo through certification..MGA MAGNANAKAW TALAGA KAYO! tapos ngayon magbabangon puri pa kayo MGA IPOKRITONG  HAYUP!!!!

  • doncleo

    Ang masasabi ko lang Lacson, ISAULI NYO MUNA YUNG PERA AT MAGBITIW NA KAYONG LAHAT NA SENADO KUNG MAY NATITIRA PA KAYONG HIYA..Bigyan nyo ng pagkakataon ang bayan na makakuha ng kapalit nyo!!!

  • virgo57

    What Senator Santaigo did was a cry over spilled milk and the giver who is more greedy and stingy has a dose of their own medicine. Nagkabistohan at nagladlaran ng dumi harapharapan at nagkakaalaman ganid talaga lahat ang mga senatong at dapat sa kanila mass execution.

  • kayanatwo

    01feb2013

    nobody asked me, but…..what about those billions of pesos that was liquidated from the past years by way of mere certification??  who is responsible and would be held in contempt for those billions of pesos liquidated as practiced by the house of representative and house of senate by mere certification??????

  • maypakialamtayo

    matatagalan pa siguro bago tayo makakapanood ng imbestigasyon sa blue ribbon committee sa mga corrupt officials, syempre mahiya naman sila, eh kung sagutin sila ng tanong na “eh! bakit kayo?”

  • 1Fz20

    isauli nyo ang pera ng bayan ! matagal nyo nang ginagawa yan technical na pagnanakaw ! certificationbs ! wtf-lawmakersthieves, megalomaniacs

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ROSVDL5VZCY7B5BCC7JCVI7PEU Otilcar

    Kasalanan ng taong bayan ang pagkakaroon ng mga senador tulad nila. Marami tayong matuwid na kandidato ngunit hindi ibinuboto. Kung sino ang may lagay siya ang iboboto. Kasalanan mo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dapat palitan na lahat ang mga yan. Piliin kandidatong tama ang isip. Tama na sobra na!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAGKA-ISA NA TAYO KINUKUHA NA NGA CHINA ANG LUPA NATIN. BAKA MAGISING NA LANG TAYO HULI ANG LAHAT.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

     Tama yan dapat hindi mapunta sa bulsa lng ng iilan ang savings ng senado dapat lagay yan talaga sa iba pang gastosin ng Gov’t.

  • dukaponte

    Iyon ang dapat gawin, ang gumawa ng rules na katanggaptanggap. Hindi independent audit galing sa private auditors. Wala naman magagawa ang mga private auditors dahil susundin lang nila kung ano ang existing rules. Pag nakasunod ang mga senators sa existing rules sa pag liquidate ng expenses, wala silang ibang masabi kundi- the accounts are in order. Sayang lang ang perang ibabayad sa mga auditors na iyon. Magagawa naman iyon ng COA, depende sa rules.

  • wakats

    Somebody or any NGO must file a class suit with the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality/legality of Concurrent Resolution No. 10, series of 1996, authorizing members of congress to liquidate billions of public funds by mere certification only – in violation of Sec. 4(6) of PD 1445, otherwise known as the Auditing Code of the Philippines.

    Sec. 4(6) provides, and quote “claims against government funds must be supported with complete documentation.”

    The COA has long been afraid of congress for obvious reasons and it’s high time the people must do something to stop the unabated plunder of taxpayers’ money by senatongs and tongressmen.

  • calipso_2100

    Ngayon na buking na kayo na ginagawang ‘bonus’ ang MOE, that’s the time you call for change? Before that you happily received and spent them without questions, without issues? Major BS.

  • mangtom

    This is utter none sense. It is as if you are giving the key to the wolf guarding the door. Senate will craft legislation to remedy the problem? It will just word the legislation to benefit themselves. Pure B.S., Lacson.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Kung makapagpropose kayo parang last week lang nagkaroon ng Senado. Kung di kayo nabukingking walang aaksyon?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VMPPKI7JOTE6OPR7LBGGUDAN3U Avenger

    c cayetano tamimi nung c5 corruption ni villar kc busog, ngaun akala mo kung cnong mailinis sugapa din nmn haha 

    • yxoiyiu

      corrupt pl si villar, eh bakit hanggang ngayon ay wala pa ring sinampang kaso laban kay villar kung talagang malakas ang ebidensya ng critics ni villar? demolition job lang iyon dahil sa kandidato si villar sa presidential election. 

    • ApoLapullapu

      Madaling magsabi na nag tao ay corrupt.  Pero tsismis lang kung walang ebidensiya.  Biktima si Villar sa tsismis.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UQXLAHQCCIEO3WMCTNZSWIE3AI Lagotka

    COA? Eh, corrupt din yan, di ba?

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Lacson proposes new rules on liquidation of MOOE expenses:Style niyo bulok,you’re just looking for  justification to reap more money.

    Don’t allocate high budget,if you have savings have it turned over to the National Treasury.Your Salary and Pork Barrel is enough.There are poor Filipinos who will be benefitted with your savings.

  • ApoLapullapu

    If mere certifications are no longer acceptable and only receipts,  payrolls and cash disbursement vouchers shall be honored, then the allegations of Senator Lacson that some Senators have their domestic helpers in their Office payrolls can now be verified.

  • ApoLapullapu

    The practice of certification rather than official receipts has been the practice of the Senate long before Enrile became Senate President.  It has to be corrected now.  It was a blessing in disguise that Enrile did not give Santiago, Trillanes and the Cayetano siblings P1,6 Million additional MOOE.  Otherwise nobody would have squealed as in the previous years..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    Is there a rule, Is the loot needed to be liquidated? Do Robin Hood (Enrile) requires liquidation?

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