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Jailed congressmen will still get paid – Speaker

Posted On 2014 Jun 13
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President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Philippine M.I.C.E. Conference (MICECON 2013) at the 3rd Floor, SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premiere in Davao City on Thursday (March 07, 2013). The MICE Conference is a prestigious gathering of key players in the travel and tourism industry. The conference will provide the Host an opportunity to showcase its destinations to approximately 400 stakeholders in the tourism industry comprised of: travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers, resort owners, professional congress/ exhibition/event organizers, association/corporate executives, destination management companies, airline representatives, local government officials, academe, students and the media. In photo are Senator Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. (MNS Photo).

President Benigno S. Aquino III graces the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Philippine M.I.C.E. Conference (MICECON 2013) at the 3rd Floor, SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premiere in Davao City on Thursday (March 07, 2013). The MICE Conference is a prestigious gathering of key players in the travel and tourism industry. The conference will provide the Host an opportunity to showcase its destinations to approximately 400 stakeholders in the tourism industry comprised of: travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers, resort owners, professional congress/ exhibition/event organizers, association/corporate executives, destination management companies, airline representatives, local government officials, academe, students and the media. In photo are Senator Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. (MNS Photo).

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Whether in jail or free, congressmen who are linked to the pork barrel scam will still get their salaries and full benefits.

Speaker Sonny Belmonte said the House of Representatives does not have rules that automatically suspend congressmen who are charged with plunder.

He pointed out that Senator Antonio Trillanes received his salary and full benefits even while in jail for rebellion charges.

Belmonte said lawmakers linked to the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles will remain members of the Lower House even if they are arrested, as long as they are not convicted.

Congressmen who are accused of plunder but are allowed to post bail can return to the chamber and continue with their duties, he said.

Napoles earlier listed down the names of 100 congressmen who allegedly had transactions with her in the pork barrel scam. Many of the lawmakers have denied the allegations, saying they do not know the businesswoman.

Napoles is accused of conniving with government officials and lawmakers to funnel billions of pesos in priority development assistance funds to her NGOs. (MNS)

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