it’s more fun in the senate

10 January 2013

we’ve always suspected naman that senators, just like the prez and the veep, the reps and govs and mayors, are traditionally willing to spend tons of money and energy to get elected because it’s an investment that pays back, pays off, big big big time, one way or another.

but what we’ve never heard before — go go go miriam! — is a senator confirming our suspicions, at least about the senate.  the verrrry generous christmas gifts-not-bribes of php 2.46 million each in “additional maintenance and other operating expenses” for 18 senators who happen, or maybe jockeyed, to be in the good books of the all-powerful senate president is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg.  sabi nga ni senator miriam,

Imagine a yearly pork barrel of P200 million, P2.2 million monthly for staff salaries and office expenses, a P500,000 annual travel allowance and an honorarium that ranges between P30,000 to P60,000 a month as chair of a Senate committee.

And don’t forget the regular monthly salary of P75,000.

An unscrupulous senator can simply make it appear that he or she is using all these perks legitimately and then pocket these. 

over a six -year term, even a three-year term, bawing bawi na, tubong lugaw pa.  the most scandalizing thing is, it’s all perfectly legit.  worse, most senators seem to feel entitled, think there’s nothing wrong with such practices in a country mired in poverty, after all, ang daming gastos, ang daming humihingi ng tulong, ang daming relief ops na kailangang suportahan, not to mention their sosyal lifestyles na kailangang i-maintain.  worst, it’s like a reward system, and the pro-status-quo majority are the biggest winners.  no wonder nothing ever changes.

16 Responses to it’s more fun in the senate

  1. January 11, 2013 at 12:13 am

    “Enrile plays god—with people’s money” by Amando Doronila

  2. January 11, 2013 at 12:15 am

    “A bribe by any other name is still a bribe” by Neal Cruz

  3. January 11, 2013 at 12:19 am

    “Whether P1.6m or P250k, giving such gift was illegal” by Jarius Bondoc

  4. January 11, 2013 at 12:21 am

    “Gift giving” by Ana Marie Pamintuan

  5. January 11, 2013 at 12:30 am
  6. January 12, 2013 at 12:30 am

    “Fun but not funny” Inquirer editorial

    • January 12, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Really not funny. :-(

  7. January 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

    “Help” by Randy David

  8. January 14, 2013 at 12:45 am

    “That’s our money they are giving away” by Neal Cruz

  9. January 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    bakit daw ngayon lang tayo umaangal about how senate realigns savings? kasi ngayon lang natin nalaman. so i don’t really care whether miriam is just sour-graping or not. i’m just happy all this info is coming out. as for ping lacson, interesting that he’s so defensive for the senate when he has rejected pork barrel funds himself.

  10. January 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    that COA lady says, it is not for us to judge. why not? or maybe she means: it is not for COA to judge the senate. but COA shd come out with audit of senators’ incomes & spendings, so the people can judge.

    • January 16, 2013 at 11:27 am
      john c. jacinto

      coa chairperson grace pulido tan does the nation a disservice here. coa is the people’s watchdog against irregular, unnecessary, excessive, extravagant and unconscionable expenditures. coa should not shirk from discharging this constitutional duty.

  11. January 15, 2013 at 12:23 am

    “Senatorial greed” by Ducky Paredes

  12. January 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  13. January 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    RENE SAGUISAG: If JPE had given the same sums to Miriam & Co., would they have groused?

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