Enrile takes responsibility over hefty allowances of Senate execs

October 29, 2010 12:49 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 28 – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile claimed on Thursday that he authorized the granting of the fat monthly allowances of the Senate executives and employees.

”I'm the one who authorized it,” Enrile said in media interviews.

Enrile said he just followed what the House of Representatives have been giving to its officials and employees where an ordinary employee has been receiving a Christmas bonus of up to P60,000.

”The reason, for fifteen years, officials of the House have been receiving that kind of allowance… And the people in the Senate do not, so I said it's unjust, it's unfair,” he explained.

“If one branch of the legislature gets that privilege, I see no reason why I should not extend it to the Senate…I feel responsible for it,” he added.

The Commission on Audit (COA) questioned the monthly allowances which range from P33,000 to P219,000 on top of the monthly salary of the Senate executives.

Enrile approved the allowance increases during his first term as Senate president. He took over the position late in 2008 when then president Manny Villar resigned. (PNA)



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