Big hike in intel funds

THE national government expenses on confidential, intelligence, and extraordinary tasks for 2017 doubled from the figures in 2016.

From P4.52 billion in 2016, the CIE expenses went up a whopping 101.78 percent or P8.98 billion.

By department or office, the top three spenders were the Office of the President with P2.515 billion, National Defense with P2.222 billion, and the Congress of the Philippines with P1.797 billion.

These three, if combined, comprised the 72.87 percent of the aggregate amount spent on confidential and intelligence activities by the entire government last year.

The OP’s share accounted for 28.05 percent, that of National Defense, 24.78 percent, and Congress, 20.04 percent.

The remaining 27.13 percent was apportioned among the rest of the agencies in government including the Interior and Local Government (P883.462 million), Other executive offices (P434.716 million), Justice (P346.372 million), The Judiciary (P236.898 million), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (P104.502 million), Finance (P77.243 million), Education (P47.643 million), and Other Departments and Offices (P301.632 million).

By classification of expenditure Intelligence Expenses had the biggest slice of last year’s CIE pie with P4.403 billion, up 303 percent from just P1.093 billion in 2016.

Extraordinary and Miscellaneous expenses saw only a slight uptick to P2.566 billion in 2017 from P2.548 billion the year before.

Confidential expenses accounted for P1.998 billion up 1.49 percent from P803.353 million in 2016.