PNP probes 'ghost repair' of combat vehicles

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2011 12:16 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2011 12:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is now looking into the liabilities of police officials and private entities involved in the ghost repair of 28 units of V-150 armored personnel carriers (APCs) worth P409.74 million in 2007.

In an interview with dzMM, PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the current leadership of the PNP recently found out that the repair and refurbishing of the combat vehicles did not go through the proper bidding process.

Of the 28 supposedly repaired in 2007, only 15 are working. The other 13, on the other hand, are already “unserviceable,” he said.

They discovered that the repairs were ordered by the National Police Commission (Napolcom), which is only a policy-making body.

“Based on [the fact-finding investigation], there were violations in the procurement procedures. There was no trade procurement conference held,” he said.
The bidding documents as well as the publication of notices were also deficient, he added.

Cruz noted “there were also deficiencies” on the part of the bidders.

The investigation, which will be led by PNP CIDG chief Samuel Pagdilao, will also look into the role of Enviro-Aire Inc., RJP International Trading Construction & General Services, and Evans Spare Parts Motorworks RPR and Trading in the whole mess, he said.

He said there are a total of 46 respondents in the investigation.

Cruz said the fact-finding report has already been submitted to President Benigno Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.