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What Went Before: Senate bonuses

Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

On January 9, the Inquirer reported that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile gave 22 senators nearly P30 million in “cash gifts” last Christmas. Eighteen of the senators received P1.6 million each, billed as “additional maintenance and other operating expenses” (MOOE). Four senators with whom Enrile did not see eye to eye on matters both professional and personal got only P250,000 each.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lacson proposes new rules on liquidation of MOOE expenses

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Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

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).

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Senate sets measures to curb spending

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Senator  Juan Ponce-Enrile. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Senate is set to take steps to change the way the chamber uses its billions annually following the controversy over the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of senators.

Posted: February 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cayetano to Enrile: Reveal how P600M in MOOE turned savings, realigned

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Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter on Friday called on Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to reveal how he liquidated the P250,000-per-senator cash gifts that he gave each senator last Christmas and how much of the almost P600 million in Senate funds for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) were turned into savings and realigned for other purposes.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Gigi Reyes: Time to look for source of Senate stink

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile did not quit, so she did. “I believe what the public really hungers for is the truth about the officials they elected and how their money is spent or wasted. The people now believe that the Senate stinks,” Enrile’s chief of staff, Jessica “Gigi” Reyes said in a statement.

Posted: January 26th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Santiago to conduct own probe on Enrile’s ‘cash gifts’

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said she would conduct her own probe into the millions of funds that Senate President Juan-Ponce Enrile gave to his allies in the Senate last year, aside from a case that she intends to file before the Supreme Court.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Enrile, 22 senators face ethics raps

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VACC head Dante Jimenez files an ethics complaint in the Senate against all senators for accepting cash gifts from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. INQUIRER.net/MATIKAS SANTOS

An ethics complaint was filed against all senators who accepted cash gifts from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile Monday.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

‘Bulalo’ problem won’t temper Santiago’s guts

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cartoon, january 20, 2013

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has what jokers may call bulalo (boiled beef or pork with vegetables) problem, but it’s not keeping her from blasting away at her enemies in a money quarrel in the Senate.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lacson wants senators charged for fund misuse

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Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Panfilo Lacson wants graft charges filed against senators found to have misused Senate funds including the millions of pesos in maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) for their respective offices and staff.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Senate fireworks: From bonanza to ridiculous

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cartoon, january 12, 2013

She has no plans of filing an ethics case against Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on the issue of the P1.6 million distributed to 18 senators as additional office budget, lest the issue “sink to the level of the vulgar,” Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said.

Posted: January 12th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

The message is ‘Don’t displease Enrile,’ says Alan Cayetano

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Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

A warning against displeasing Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. This was the message behind the exclusion of four senators from the list of those who got P1.6 million each in additional budget from the Senate savings, Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano said.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Lacson admits P300,000 additional fund from Enrile but denies bribery

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Former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson   INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Panfilo Lacson admitted on Wednesday receiving P300,000 in additional funds from the office of Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile but denied that it was a bribe.

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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