THIS is really quite amazing. The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in February 2017 ordered Sen. Leila de Lima arrested and detained on drug-trafficking charges, with several witnesses fingering her.
Yet as a senator, de Lima has received her full salary and benefits, and spent everything allowed a fully functioning senator since 2017.
But other than incessantly ranting against President Rodrigo Duterte and other government agencies on her Facebook account, have you heard any real output from her, a good research study or a bill that became law, even if this were done by her staff, and simply attributed to her?
The P400 million is based on the Senate’s recent report of amounts paid to and expenses for each senator from January to December 2019. For that year, de Lima’s salaries and benefits as well as those of her staff, and other expenses for her office totaled P107 million.
In fact the detained de Lima is the fourth biggest spender in the Senate, after Senators Mary Grace Poe (P107 million), Ralph Recto (P113 million) and Juan Miguel Zubiri (P110 million). The Republic has spent more for her than Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd (P102 million) and Sen. Panfilo Lacson (P94 million). We spend more for a senator in her cell than the Senate president and an inarguably busy legislator.