Hindi happy ang mamamayan sa ginawa ni Enrile

Note: Enrile’s statement at the end column

JPE

May mga sitwasyun na kailangan mo ang mga katulad ni Sen. Miriam Santiago na magsasabi ng gusto mo sabihin ngunit hindi mo masasabi.

Mabuti naman at umalma si Santiago tungkol sa pamumudmud ni Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile ng P1.6 milyon sa 18 na senador maliban sa apat na hindi niya kursunada.

Miriam

Ang apat na senador hindi niya kursunada ay sina Santiago, Antonio Trillanes IV, Allan Cayetano, Pia Cayetano. P250,000 lang ang binigay niya sa apat.

Ang pera ay savings daw ng Senado. Ipinasok ni Enrile ang P1.6 milyon bilang dagdag sa “Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE)” ng mga senador.

Nang mabulgar ang bigayan na binatikos ng marami sa media, lalo na sa Facebook, pinanindigan ni Enrile na legal daw ang ginawa niya at hindi raw suhol sa mga senador ang P1.6 milyon para hindi siya tanggalin sa pagka-Senate President.

Walang personalan daw.

Ngunit nang tanungin kung bakit P250,000 lang ang binigay sa apat na senador, ang sagot lang niya ay karapatan daw niya bilang Senate President magdesisyun kung magkano ang ibibigay sa bawat senador.

Haaaaaa?

Bakit pera ba niya ang pinamumudmud niya at magdedepended ang halaga ng allotment sa MOOE depended kung sino ang kursunada niya? Bakit sa batas ba namimili kung sino ang bibigyan ng malaki at maliit na halaga?

Sabi ni Santiago: “It involves a constitutional provision, mahirap palang maipatupad ang Saligang Batas sa mga taong akala mo sila ang may-ari ng taumbayan.”

“Hinati-hati nila sa sarili nila tapos exempted kami. I don’t know what his criteria are. Ano kaya ang criteria nila, apat kami. Criteria ba nila beauty or sex appeal,” dagdag pa ni Santiago.

Hindi naman sekreto na nakibangayan sa ilang isyu katulad ng RH Bill sina Santiago at ang magkapatid na Cayetano. Si Trillanes naman, ibinulgar niya ang papel ni Enrile tungkol sa paghati-hati ng Catanduanes.

Sa mga nababasa sa Facebook,maraming hindi happy sa ginawa ni Enrile:

Sabi ni Al Santaclara :”Ano ba talaga? Gift o bribe o MOOE (monthly operating expenses daw). Kung gift, dapat galing sa bulsa ni Enrile. Taxable pa ito kung ganoon dahil maclaim pa ni Enrile na expenses!

“Hindi daw bribe sabi ni Enrile. Sinong senator ang aamin eh sabi ni Enrile ‘f a senator calls it a bribe, then that senator has a low opinion of the other senators’ (pinag-away pa mga senators!). Kung MOOE, eh bakit hindi pantay. Ibig sabihin, konti lang ang gastos (monthly operating expenses) nung apat na senator. With too many justifications, usually, something is rotten and the truth is hidden somewhere.”

Sabi naman ni Marvin Pador: Sa dami ng crisis na nangyayari sa bansa po ngayon maraming Pinoy ang nai-ingit kasi sa buong buhay nila puro kahirapan lang ang dinaranas nila.Kayo po sanang namumuno ay maging sensitive sa damdamin naming naghihirap. kung wala kami wala din kayong lahat diyan.Sana magbago na ang pamamalakad sa Pilipinas.”

Sabi ni Lito Bacera: “ Kung ito ay karagdagang pondo para sa mga infrastructure o proyekto para sa mamayan. wala akong nakitang masama, pero kung ito ay ibinulsa, aba aba,ibang usapan na yan.

Press statement of Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile:

Re: PDI Article of Jan. 9, 2013 entitled “Enrile gave 18 senators P1.6M each for Christmas” with sub-heading: “But only P250K each to 4 others”
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It is unfortunate that the Inquirer either refused to reveal or was requested by the Senators that its reporters interviewed to hide their identities, in relation to their statements on the issue of the additional MOOE of P1.6M I allegedly gave as “cash gifts” to 18 Senators.

To set the record straight:

1. While it is true that the vacant seat of one Senator is a source of additional funds for the Senate, the budget for that seat is not the only source of the Senate’s savings. As agreed in the past with all the Senators, the savings from the vacant seat may be used for the other expenditures and requirements of the Senate, including the augmentation of the budgets of the Senators serving their terms.

2. Hence, towards the end of each year and before the holidays, the Senate Secretariat and the Senate’s budget office makes a determination of how much savings we have generated and how to allocate available savings, including the Christmas package for the Senate employees, what is due under the Collective Negotiation Agreement with the employees union (S.E.N.A.D.O), and what may be available for distribution as additional MOOE to the Senators’ offices.

3. Since I became Senate President in November of 2008, I have always prioritized the needs of our employees before determining and exercising my discretion on the utilization of the remaining available savings. The records will show that since I became Senate President, I have granted the maximum benefits to our employees as our budgetary savings allow each year.

4. Also as Senate President, I have authorized the grant to ALL Senators of the following amounts per Senator’s office as additional MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses): For 2008-1M (former Senate President Villar had earlier released a separate amount of P500,000); for 2009- 1M; for 2010- P1.316M; P318,000; for 2011- P500,000, P1.3M, and P318,000.

5. All the Senators, including those now complaining or calling it “unconscionable” and “unconstitutional” received these amounts. Yet they never said anything nor questioned it before.

6. For year-end of 2012, the Senate budget office advised me that after all our obligations and projected expenses, the available amount for the additional MOOE for the Senators was a total of P2.218M for each Senator. The 1st tranche of this was in the amount of P600,000 and ALL THE 23 SENATORS’ OFFICES RECEIVED THE P600,000 additional MOOE last November.

7. The balance was divided into 2 tranches of P1.3M and P318,000 in addition to the first P600,000, and these 2 tranches were approved by me for release before the Christmas holiday break, EXCEPT TO MYSELF AND 4 OTHER SENATORS, NAMELY, SENATORS ALAN CAYETANO, PIA CAYETANO, ANTONIO TRILLANES AND MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO.

8. I confirm that I gave the instructions to my Chief of Staff to exclude me and the 4 other Senators in the succeeding releases of any further additional MOOE. I also confirm that, as requested by the Senate Budget office, I approved the use of the amounts that I waived and those that I did not authorize to be released to the 4 Senators to be used by the Senate for its other expenditures. This is all on record.

It is not true that the 4 Senators did not get any additional MOOE. They each got P600,000. On top of that, I have approved ALL their requests for cash advances, realignment of various items in their respective Senator’s, Committee and Oversight Committee budgets to their MOOE so that they could use the same and any savings therefrom.

Any additional MOOE approved by the Senate President for each Senator is not a matter of ENTITLEMENT. Neither should such be mistaken as taken from the Senate President’s DISCRETIONARY FUNDS. The expenditures charged to the OSP’s discretionary funds are properly documented and I have made the same available even for the contingencies of the Secretariat and the needs of some Committees and Senators, as they would request from time to time.

While it is said to be purely discretionary on the part of the Senate President what additional budget to grant out of savings, or to give any at all for that matter, I have exercised such discretion with prudence and equity, and I have given the maximum that we could grant to all the Senators concerned.

I stand by the exercise of my sole discretion not to authorize any further releases of ADDITIONAL MOOE last December to the 4 Senators.

It is time to call a spade a spade.

Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes are supposedly members of the Minority in the Senate. On the other hand, Senator Santiago’s supposed membership in the Majority is questionable, to say the least, as she has publicly and repeatedly denounced and attacked me, just like Sen. Trillanes. She does not consider me a friend and I do not think she considers me as the head of the Senate and that is fine with me.

Yet, masquerading as a member of the Majority, Sen. Santiago continues to hold the chairmanship of the Committee on Constitutional Amendments plus 2 oversight committees with annual budgets of P15M and P 10M.

Sen. Trillanes, despite his move to the Minority, has retained the chairmanship of the Civil Service Committee and of the Oversight Committee on Government Procurement with a budget of P10 Million annually which was just recently increased to P15M.

The Minority Leader, Sen. Alan Cayetano, being an Officer of the Senate, has a bigger budget than the other Senators. He also has a budget as a member of the Commission on Appointments, the chairmanship of the E-Commerce Oversight Committee with an annual budget of P6M, and now a new oversight committee chairmanship (BCDA) which he requested to be created with an annual budget of P10M.

Senator Pia Cayetano chairs the Committee on Health and the Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations plus the Clean Water Act oversight committee with an annual budget of P10M.

Sen. Joker Arroyo is the only member of the Minority who really and actually acts as a member of the Minority, doing his job at fiscalizing even more than the Minority Floor Leader. He declined to chair any committee, regular or oversight, so unlike the Cayetano siblings.

Regarding the P250,000 checks from my Office which I gave to all the Senators, that was a result of the “lambing” of some Senators who I will no longer name, if I had some “pamasko” for them. I decided to give to ALL, not only to those who were teasing me about “pamasko”, OUT OF MY OWN OFFICE’S SAVINGS, AND NOT FROM THE SENATE PRESIDENT’S DISCRETIONARY FUNDS.

Last Monday, I was told that Sen. Santiago sent me back a check for the same amount of P250,000 with a letter from her Chief of Staff explaining that the check I gave was inadvertently deposited. So Sen. Santiago gave back my gift, as I gave back hers. Fair enough.

The only thing I find humorous about this whole controversy is that I am being accused of “giving”, albeit generously to most, but not as generously to a few…4 to be exact.

Those Senators who think that I am bribing anyone with additional budgets in order to keep my post as Senate President must have a very low opinion about their own colleagues. I was elected as Senate President twice and I can look at anyone straight in the eye in saying that I did not buy this position. Not one single centavo of the people’s money is spent just to enable me to cling to this office.

Each one of us must account to the people how we spend taxpayer’s money as we perform our jobs. I continue to serve solely at the pleasure of the majority of the members of the chamber, and we all owe it to the institution and the people to keep its honor and dignity.

January 13, 2013 7:26 pm  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Senate

14 Responses

  1. vic - January 13, 2013 8:48 pm

    some very interesting development happening here…the Director or CEO of the District Board of Education of Toronto, a Phd degree holder from one of the top 50 Educational institution of the world, the University of Toronto, Tendered his Resignation and was accepted by the Board for the Allegation of Plagiarism of the Work of others without permission for his publication and works…there is also a report that the University is doing the probe that he may had also did some Plagiarism during his acquisition of the Degree and may have to Recall it…
    and the Case of our City Mayor who participated in a council voting for the resolution to Return the $3000 Donation or Gift to his Football Foundation (the Ethics commissioner adviced the council it against the Law) during his mayorality campaign and was Found Guilty by the Court for Conflict and must Vacate the Office by Januaary 12, the Appeal Decision will be handed before that date as it is being Heard at the moment…he still has two years left in his term and the complaint was filed only during the late 2012 and after a 1 week hearing in November, the Court found him Guilty…it was a matter of participating in the Voting that was the Issue…

    In any case, when it comes to law and order, it is not a matter that is the Domain of Politicians anymore…

  2. vic - January 13, 2013 8:50 pm

    Sorry, the court order for the Mayor to vacate the office was January 20 instead of 12 as posted…the Mayor appeal is alreadry heard and the decision will be handed by then…

  3. chi - January 13, 2013 9:17 pm

    Enrile knows by all means how to create chaos and rule. Di nga ba naisahan nya ang matalinong si Marcos? Peanuts lang sa kanya ang mga members ng Senate ngayon pagdating sa taktikang impierno, paandarin ang money machine.

    Kay Juan at Juana ang perang ipinamudmod ni Enrile, wala syang karapatan na angkinin ito at freely na ipamigay lang sa kanyang mga bffs to continue supporting him as Senate head. O, di ba tahimik ang 18 senadores? Ilan sa kanila ay may mga prinsipyo pa raw kuno.

  4. Ellen - January 14, 2013 2:02 am

    Related article:

    Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago now wants Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to “answer for the crime of plunder” and explain his role in the disappearance of private individuals during martial law as a follow up challenge to their spat over the selective distribution of additional cash allotments for “maintenance” to a select group of senators….

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/339975/santiago-challenges-enrile-to-account-for-martial-law-role-wealth

  5. chi - January 14, 2013 6:14 am

    Oh lala, the conflict between big shots gets more exciting and more fun! Miriam could be Enrile’s waterloo with all the challenges made public. Hindi happy si Enrile ng ganyan especially his son is running for a senate seat.

  6. chi - January 14, 2013 6:18 am

    Kunsumido ako kay Miriam during Corona’s trial, but I adore her this time. :)

  7. Rudolfo - January 14, 2013 6:46 am

    The battle of the 2-Titans at the House of the Senate..This is more interesting and enjoyable ” Battle of the Mind”, more enjoyable than the latest fight of Pacman against Marquez..Hamon sa Martial Law role ni JPE noon, panahon ni FM..Sana isabit din ang pagtakbo ni Miriam sa Panguluhan against FVR…Tiyak, malilinawan si Juan dela Cruz sa mga bagay na malaon ng nilamon ng panahon at nakalimutan na…Bago man lang tangapin ni Miriam ang tungkulin sa International Court ng UN, at least may ma-iiwanan syang “legacy” o footprints sa Senado, lalo kung ma TKO nya si JPE… At tiyak apiktado dyan ang pag-takbo sa senado ng kanyang anak, na may mga naka-raan ding mga good and bad experience ang mga mamamayang naka-banga nya noon…A comment for the good of the country..

    Sana matuloy ang Hmon ni Miriam kay JPE…kung sino sa kanila ang Tunay na Patriotiko, Maka-Tao, maka-bayan at maka-Diyos ?…

  8. arvin - January 14, 2013 10:45 am

    Walang masama sa ginawa ni Sen. Enrile. Minamasama lang dahil magkalaban sa politika.

  9. MPRivera - January 14, 2013 6:48 pm

    walang masama, arvin?

    bawat senador ay daan daang milyon ang pork barrel. ano’ng matinong dahilan ang kailangan upang mabigyang katwiran ang pamumudmod sa kanila ng bonus?

    napakarami nating kababayan ang naghihikahos, ah.

    hindi sa mga senador ang salaping ‘yun. galing ‘yun sa kaban na maaring inutang at ang mga pobre ang magpapasan sa pagbabayad.

    ano ‘yan, GAGUHAN?

  10. chi - January 14, 2013 11:31 pm

    Ganyan lang pala basta kadali na ipamudmod ng walang pahintulot ang pera natin sa mga senador na gusto ni Enrile.

    Enrile and the senators feel that they have a sense of entitlement to our own money. Letsugas!

  11. batangpasig - January 15, 2013 9:03 am

    It’s just as well that Miriam the chimpanzee is getting back at Enrile the snake as the latter steered the former to self-destruct during the Corona impeachment proceedings. Two intellectually brilliant human beings who could have been exemplars of public service. Both pale in comparison to the lamented Jessie Robredo.

  12. cyan - January 15, 2013 5:01 pm

    demystifying loyalism and loyalty to democracy

  13. MPRivera - January 15, 2013 7:16 pm

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/15/13/angara-distribution-senate-cash-tradition

    whatever each and any of those senators says or justifies STILL, in this time when most people cannot make both ends meet, KASUWAPANGAN pa ring matatawag ang kawalang pakiramdam nila sa pagtanggap ng “pabuya”.

    ibig lang sabihin, BASTA salapi ang nakahain ay walang maraming pag-uusapan!

  14. dan1067 - January 16, 2013 11:02 am

    Sana sa taongbayan na kapos palad at may malubhang karamdaman na lang pinamudmod ang perang yon matutuwa pa ang sambayanan.

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