MANILA, Philippines – The 23 members of the Philippine Senate incurred over P300-million in expenses in 2008, according to records from the Commission on Audit (COA).
Sen. Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan, a military rebel-turned-politician, emerged as the biggest spender among the 23 lawmakers.
In 2008, Honasan’s expenses reached P17.9 million. In 2007, when he returned to the Senate, his expenses from July-December 2007 amounted to P8.109 million.
The bulk of Honasan’s expenses from January-December 31, 2008 covered the salaries of his staff, which reached P9.6 million. The rest of the money were spent on travel, meetings, supplies and materials.