MANILA, Philippines -- A group advocating for the rights of consumers on Saturday urged Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to flex his muscle on Philippine National Police Chief Director General Alan Purisima on the more than P3 billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fund earmarked for the PNP.
Perfecto L. Tagalog, secretary general of the Coalition of Filipino Consumers, said the disbursement came on the heels of mounting complaints about delays in pensions of retired cops and rising crimes in the country.
“This is a wake-up call for Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to conduct its own probe on how PNP Chief Alan Purisima spent the allocation to address the problems besetting the PNP,” Tagalog said in a statement.
Tagalog said that Roxas should prove his critics wrong that Purisima is “untouchable.”
“The explanation of PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac that the PNP did not know that the funds they were using came from DAP was ‘the lamest excuse’ any public official could offer,” he said.
According to documents from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the PNP is the recipient of allocations from the DAP intended for the hiring of new personnel, procurement of additional equipment including patrol cars and firearms, construction of new police stations, and upgrading of capabilities.
The allocations include P128.2 million for the construction of 20 new police stations and the first tranche of releases intended for the hiring of non-uniformed personnel amounting to P860.7 million.
The biggest DAP allocation received by the PNP was reserved for the modernization program of the agency amounting to P2 billion, which is listed under item 111 of the DBM document.
The cited allocation was intended to augment the capability enhancement program of the PNP which involves the improvement of mobility, procurement of firearms and communication devices, and repair and rehabilitation of police stations.
Moreover, the said allotment is apparently the first tranche in a supposed series of allocations.
Since the Supreme Court recently declared several provisions of the DAP unconstitutional, however, the PNP will not be able to get the funds from the next allocation tranches.