JPE hints at disclosing colleagues' expenses

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Jan 23 2013 06:04 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 02:04 AM

MANILA - Call a spade a spade, that’s what Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano wants from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. And that’s probably what the latter wants, too.

In an issue that refuses to die down, senators on Wednesday continued to fuel rumors as to how each one uses their maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE)

Enrile said: “Antayin na lang ninyo kapag nilabas ko lahat ng gastusin ng iba’t-ibang tao.”

This came after Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago sent another letter to Commission on Audit chair Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan, saying Enrile’s use of the chamber’s savings is “tantamount to grave abuse of discretion, amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction, which can be questioned in the Supreme Court.”

Asked for comment, Enrile said: “I’m waiting for them to file all the cases they want to have, to have been investigated by any court, by any agency, by any forum. I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting.”

Earlier, Senator Panfilo Lacson urged the Commission on Audit (COA) to also look into anomalies “one senator” is engaged in “aside from what [that person] is saying against 22 senators,” obviously referring to Santiago.

Lacson said: “Tignan ng COA at malaman kung sinong senador na pati katulong ay naka-payroll sa opisina, pati asawa ay may grocery allowance…Sinong senador ang nirerentahan ang isang satellite office sa sarili nyang building.”

Lacson said he could not help but react anew after Santiago appeared in an ANC program as if claiming that all 22 senators are “magnanakaw [thieves]” except for her.