Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) head Dante Jimenez told senators who received the so-called Enrile cash gifts to return the money to the treasury or else they will be included in a complaint that will be filed against the Senate President next week at the Senate committee on ethics.
Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile played “Santa” last Christmas to his fellow senators, but based the amount on “who’s naughty or nice” and gave more to his friends or allies in the senate. He admitted giving a whopping Php 1.6 million each to 18 senators last December. Only four, aside from himself, did not get the P1.6 million and they were Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Senators Pia Cayetano, Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. All four are known ‘foes’ of Enrile. They only received Php 250,000 each. For personal and political reasons, Sen. Santiago returned the ‘bonus’.
Last July 2012, the senate head also gave P600,000 as additional MOOE (maintenance and other operating expenses). The Enrile cash gifts were from the senate’s savings.
Jimenez said all these money should be returned to the treasury.
“[The savings] must be returned to the treasury for other more important needs of our people who have been victims of natural calamities,” he said.