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JPE, Jinggoy top spenders in 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was the biggest spender in the chamber in 2013, with audited expenses of P73.891 million out of his office’s annual budget.

Records culled from the Commission on Audit (COA) on the itemized list of expenses for each senator from Jan. 1 to December 2013 showed that the former Senate president accounted for P1.145 million in salaries as senator, P567,393 in combined emoluments for two committees, and P215,830 as officer of the Senate.

Enrile incurred a total of P2.685 million for his foreign travel expenses alone, which is apart from his staff’s foreign travel expenses pegged at P16.2 million. There were no expenses for local travel that year.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, then president pro-tempore, was the second highest spender, incurring P72.712 million. 

Estrada was compensated for his job as senator and as officer and member of a committee, for a total of P1.61 million.

Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. ranked as the sixth biggest spender for 2013, with P55.58-million expenses.

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Enrile, Estrada and Revilla served full terms in 2013. They are now detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV was the third top spender, using up P68.951 million of his funds. Trillanes was compensated P750,000 as senator and P69,754 as member of a committee. He spent P688.951 for local travel and P1.305 million for foreign travel.

Members of Trillanes’ staff accounted for P1.287 million in local travel expenses, and P18.864 million for foreign travel. Salaries and benefits of his staff were pegged at P20.8 million while meeting and conferences accounted for about P8 million.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III’s expenses were pegged at P61.616 million, making him the fourth highest spender for that period.

Sen. Vicente Sotto, the majority leader in the first six months of 2013, was the fifth highest spender at P56.33 million. The seventh highest spender was Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with P55.43 million.

Senators Gregorio Honasan (P54.51 million), Ralph Recto (P53.023 million) and Francis Escudero (P52.429 million) also made it to the list of top 10 spenders.

They are followed by Senators Loren Legarda, Lito Lapid, Alan Cayetano, Frank Drilon, Pia Cayetano, Miriam Santiago, Sergio Osmeña III, Teofisto Guingona III, Juan Edgardo Angara, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino, Grace Poe and Nancy Binay.

Since 2013 was an election year, the expenses of Angara, Aquino, Binay, Ejercito, Poe and Villar only covered the last quarter of 2013.

Those who finished their terms were Senators Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, and Manuel Villar.

The report, signed by COA resident auditor Mario Lipana, was published in The STAR yesterday.

COA records showed that a total of P27.992 million went to the senators’ salaries; P8.754 million to local travels; P28.280 million to foreign travels; P313.920 million for salaries and benefits of their staff; P266.961 million for the staff’s foreign travels; P24 million for the staff’s local travels; P107 million for meetings and conferences; P23 million for professional and consultancy fees; P4 million for supplies and materials; P92.78 million for rental of office space and equipment; P192.25 million for extraordinary and miscellaneous expenses; P116 million for other maintenance and operating expenses, and P3.224 million for capital outlay.

The COA pegged the grand total of all senators’ expenses at P1.210 billion for 2013.

 

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