Miriam wants politicians' salaries made public

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2014 07:19 PM | Updated as of Jan 29 2014 03:19 AM

MANILA -- Sen. Miriam Santiago is challenging her colleagues to support the disclosure of the salaries, allowances, and other personal income of all public officials.

In Santiago's interpellation of Sen. Grace Poe on the freedom of information bill, she said a senator's monthly salary is only P90,000, but can reach P1.4 million because of various allowances and honoraria.

This, she said, is based on a computation by the Senate Finance and Administrative Department.

Santiago said government websites should include information on how much officials make monthly.

The information can be used as basis of the people especially during elections, she said.

"There are some senators who did not finish high school or college. Do we really want to pay them this high a salary? That is a valid concern that voters might want to address, if they have access to information," Santiago added.

Santiago reiterated anew that the controversial maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) which are allotted monthly to senators, must be abolished.

It's time that there be no more secrets when it comes to the salaries of public officials, she added. - Reports from DZMM