Sen. Trillanes top Senate spender

Trillanes top Senate spender


Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV remained the highest spender in the Senate while Sen. Teofisto Guingona III spent the least in 2014, a Commission on Audit (COA) report showed.

The COA has itemized a list of amounts paid to and expenses incurred by each senator from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014.

Based on a paid ad in The STAR yesterday, Trillanes’ office expenses totaled P86 million.

Trillanes, however, had in the past years justified having spent most of his budget, saying the description “highest spender” was unfair since every senator has a ceiling for each item under their respective office’s allocation.

Unlike others, Trillanes claimed he maximized the use of his office funds so that he could reach out to as many constituents who need help.

On the other hand, Guingona is considered the least spender of his budget allocation, which COA recorded at P44.58 million.

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Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III was next to Trillanes with expenditures reaching P76.912 million; followed by majority leader Alan Cayetano with P76.167 million.

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