PH senator spends $1,000 on cognac
MANILA – A senator allegedly spent some $1,000 (over P44,000) worth of cognac in one of his hotel visits in the United States several years ago.
In an interview with dzMM, musician Monet Silvestre, quoting actress Giselle Töngi, said a senator bought three shots of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac in one of their dinner meetings in a hotel in Los Angeles, California some three to four years ago.
Each shot of cognac was priced at $350.
When asked by Töngi why the senator was able to buy such an expensive drink, the lawmaker supposedly replied: "Eh ganon kaming senador eh, may P30 million kami a month."
Silvestre is one of the civilians who are set to join the protest actions in Luneta on National Heroes' Day on August 26 calling for the scrapping of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel funds given to lawmakers.
Calls to abolish the PDAF were resurrected after the exposé on businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, who allegedly siphoned at least P10 billion from PDAF to her fake non-government organizations.
The Senate is set to investigate the issue, after the Commission on Audit reported that several lawmakers exceeded their pork barrel allocations from 2007 to 2009.
COA chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan said 12 senators and 180 representatives allocated P6.156 billion in priority development assistance funds to 82 non-government organizations from 2007-2009.
Of the 82 NGOs, 10 groups that received P2.157 billion in PDAF are presently linked to Janet Lim Napoles.