• Drilon admits distributing MOOE

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    SENATOR Franklin Drilon admitted on Monday that he also gave out maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) funds to senators when he was Senate president.

    However, he said that the distribution of the money was “fair” although the officers of the chamber got a bigger share.

    “That is because they’re the ones running the Senate. There was a basis for distinction and it was accepted,” he explained.

    Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile was strongly criticized by Senators Miriam Santiago and Alan Peter Cayetano for using the savings of the Senate as additional MOOE.

    Except for Santiago, the Cayetano siblings and Antonio Trillanes 4th, each senator received a total of P2.22 million before the end of 2012. The four were only given P600,000 in November.

    Drilon, in an interview aired over the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), said that he had been fair in his distribution of MOOE funds.

    “That’s all I can say. I stand on my record of fairness when I was there,” he noted.

    Drilon first served as Senate president in 2000. He again took the post in 2004.

    Drilon is currently the strongest contender for the top Senate post, having the support of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his allies who dominate the chamber.

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