Friday, August 21, 2015

Trillanes Spent Millions on Consultants; His brother among highest paid

An article from Manila Standard, reveals SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV total spending on hiring 55 consultants including his own brother which receives P71, 000 per month, among the highest paid.

On Wednesday, the Senator admitted that his brother is one of his consultants, but denied that his sibling is getting exorbitant salary, told GMA News .

“Yes, he’s one of my consultants. I designate him as my representative during confidential meetings,” he said in a text message to GMA News Online, referring to Juan Antonio Trillanes.

“He is getting around P60,000 and that is definitely not high,” Trillanes added.

The senator said he was able to author 17 bills and present witnesses in Senate probes because of those consultants.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
"Everybody is receiving a monthly consultancy fee. I have a security analyst, financial analyst, legal consultants and all practically other aspects of governance that can help me. There are also area consultants meaning in their particular area they are the sounding board, which is very important in legislation because we need to be grounded. For example, the K-12 program - that's where I found out not all areas in the country are in favor of K-12 program," he told Karen Davila in ANCs Headstart interview.

According to the report, Trillanes spent P7.5 million on consultants, P4.46 million more than the P3.04 million allotted. His brother, Juan Antonio Trillanes, raked in a total of P427,000 from July to December 2014.

On a monthly basis, Trillanes spent P1.25 million a month on his 55 consultants, or more than double the budget allocation for a senator’s office for consultancy services amounting to only P506,262 a month, Manila Standard said.

The Senate documents were prepared in response to a Commission on Audit (COA) memo to Senate President Franklin Drilon asking him to account for the P231.88 million spent on Senate consultants in 2014.

The report added that aside from his brother, Trillanes paid three other consultants—Segundino Orfiano Jr., Ian Lee Punongbayan and Jayme Torrato—P71,200 a month.

Sherwin Sanusie was getting P71,100 while Sonny Madarang received P71,300 a month.
Others consultants received P40,000, P50,000 and P60,000.

None of the claims for consultancy services came with any accomplishment report, the COA said.
Meanwhile, Senate documents show Senator Alan Peter Cayetano paid his consultants as high as P94,000 a month.

The COA required Drilon to explain why the expenditures for consultancy services continuously increased from P147.57 million in 2012, P188.96 million in 2013, and P231.88 million in 2014, Manila Standard said.

Sources: GMA Network | Manila Standard | ABS-CBN ( Links inside the article)

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