Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV refuses to be tagged as PH Senate’s "biggest spender"

ABS-CBN News correspondent Ryan Chua, via ABS-CBNNews.com, reports that on Monday, Feabruary 4, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV held a press conference "to clarify news stories that in 2011, his office spent a total of ₱54.96 million, making his expenses the highest in the chamber."

ABS-CBN News correspondent Ryan Chua, via ABS-CBNNews.com, reports that on Monday, Feabruary 4, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV held a press conference "to clarify news stories that in 2011, his office spent a total of ₱54.96 million, making his expenses the highest in the chamber."

 

The report noted: "Trillanes said the reports, based on records from the Commission on Audit (COA), are incomplete: they do not include senators’ budget for their oversight committees." Moreover, Trillanes explained that "it may appear that he has the biggest expenses among senators because he has the most number of employees." The report pointed out that Trillnes "maximized the Senate’s quota by hiring 40 employees, leaving his office with no vacant positions."

 

The report quoted Trillanes, who said, "Ano ang krimen na ginawa ko? Dahil nag-hire ako ng maraming empleyado (What crime have I committed? I have many employees)? I find myself in a very awkward position trying to defend something that I believe is right."

 

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