Santiago: Disclose lawmakers’ monthly income-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
AFTER the massive protest calling for the abolition of the pork barrel, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago now wants a government website to disclose lawmakers' income every month.
"After the inspirational People’s March at the Luneta last Monday, the next stop after abolishing the pork barrel should be to provide information on the internet on how much income every individual public officer makes monthly. It appears that the monthly official income of a senator is merely P90,000 monthly; but this is misleading because in reality, it is much more," Santiago said in a keynote speech at the 30thAnnual Convention of the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council at the Crowne Plaza, Galleria Hotel.
"Therefore, I propose that a government website should make information available on the range of income that a senator or a representative makes monthly, together with a specification of all discretionary funds at his disposal. The website should also contain a list of all discretionary funds, by whatever name – pork barrel, Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE), intelligence funds, etc.," she said.
According to Santiago, a senator earns P90,000 a month, and will earn another P70,000 if he heads two oversight committees, P210,000 if he's a member of P210,000 committees and P200,000 if he is a member of the Commission on Appointments.
She said senators could earn P1.52 million to P2.30 million from the office of the senator budget and P1.23 million to P2.30 million from the permanent committee budget.
"If we add up all the sources of individual income, a senator could be making P600,000 to P5M monthly. And this does not include the commission of 10 percent to 50 percent from the pork barrel," Santiago said. (CPT/Sunnex)