Enrile admits singling out minority senators

Posted at 01/24/2013 10:28 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday gave an explanation on how Senate funds are being used.

This came after he was criticized by several senators for choosing only 18 senators to receive P1.6 million each in additional MOOE funds.

Enrile said he has no objection to an independent probe on the Senate Christmas cash gift issue. He said he did not invent the system of distributing Senate savings but admitted not giving additional budget to 4 senators.

"I made the mistake of differentiating between the majority and the minority. Maybe if I did not do that differentiation, there would be no hullabaloo about this whole thing," he said.

"I hold the phone that I made that differentiation and I stand by that decision. I have a reason of my own, which I will not disclose but I stand by it."

ANC, January 23, 2013