Senate slashes budget, no more "Christmas cash gifts"

The senators’ Christmas celebration may be less merry's Ernie Reyes reports that senators have agreed to decrease the Senate's budget "by stopping additional Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOEs), giving of Christmas and cash gifts to members and reducing the number of oversight committees."


The report quoted Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto as saying on Wednesday (July 24) said that members of the Senate majority have arrived at a consensus "to slash the budget of the Senate, including its expenses from oversight committees and other unnecessary expenditures." He said the number of oversight committees will be reduced from the current 35 to only 20 or 24 so as to save on the funds that will have to be allocated for each committee.


Recto added that the senators were compelled to cut the chamber's budget "in response to public sentiment over the alleged fund mess in the Senate."


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