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JR Lopez Gonzales 9:21 AM 0

The Commission on Audit (COA) released as required by law its official ‘Itemized List of Amounts Paid to and Expenses incurred for Each Senator” for the year 2011. Senators Migz Zubiri and Koko Pimentel were not included in the analysis because neither served for the full year.

The Filipino taxpayers spent P1,110,954,789.89 for the expenses of the senators. The median expenses of the senators are P 48,307,382.17. Broken down on this list are the top 10 Biggest spenders and the runner-ups.
10 – Sen. Kiko Pangilinan
(P 46,889,065.06)

9 – Sen. Gringo Honasan
(P 47,185,274.44)

8 – Sen. Chiz Escudero
(P 48,729,719.79)

7 – Sen. Bongbong Marcos
(P 49,219,513.85)

6 – Sen. Bong Revilla
(P 49,832,194.03)

5 – Sen. Sonny Trillanes
(P 54,977,548.91)

 4 – Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
(P 55,039,015.88)

3 – Sen. Tito Sotto
(P 56,259,173.08)

2 – Sen. Jinggoy Estrada 
(P 62,122,308.41)

1 – Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile 
(P 118,306,463.65)

       JPE spent the biggest amount which was P86.4 million more or 271% higher compared to that of the thriftiest senator.

Runner-ups include the following (11th to the thriftiest):

11 – Sen. Loren Legarda (P 44,107,941.55)
12 – Sen. Lito Lapid (P 43,565,023.21)
13 – Sen. Ralph Recto (P 42,390,681)
14 – Sen. Pia Cayetano (P 42,122,431.08)
15 – Sen. Ed Angara (P 41,789,602.78)
16 – Sen. TG Guingona (P 41,502,359.45)
17 – Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (41,036,900.44)
18 – Sen. Manny Villar (P 40,312,799.12)
19 – Sen. Serge Osmeña (P 37,680,862.99)
20 – Sen. Panfilo Lacson (P 37,115,276.55)
21 – Sen. Franklin Drilon (P 34,968,031.74)

And the “Thriftiest Senator Award” goes to Sen. Joker Arroyo (P 31, 867,125.93) for twentieth straight year. In the 2009 COA audit report, “The Scrooge of the Senate” was the thriftiest with P 14.6 million.

According to the Manila Bulletin [1], since he joined the government service in 1986 following the EDSA People Power as the first Executive Secretary of the late President Cory Aquino up to the present, Sen. Joker Arroyo said he has never travelled abroad using state funds.

(On a side bet, you may check out my related article entitled, “Is the Senate a Waste of Time?”)

[1] Casayuran, Mario B. “Arroyo Still Thriftiest Senator.” Manila Bulletin, March 4, 2013: 1, 16.

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