Was Puno looking for this document in Robredo's condo?


Posted at Sep 07 2012 11:25 PM | Updated as of Sep 11 2012 02:42 AM

(UPDATED) Here is the DILG's investigation report on the planned purchase of assault rifles by the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) that involved two procurements of nearly P178 million and P213 million.

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Records show that then Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo received the report on August 8, 2012, less than two weeks before the Masbate plane crash.

The document links Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno to the allegedly anomalous firearms deal.

ABS-CBN sources say the report is among sensitive documents that were in Robredo's condominium at the time of his death.

It was the same condo that Puno and some police officials allegedly tried to access a day after the plane crash.

The document shows Puno travelled to Israel upon the invitation of weapons manufacturer Israel Military Industries.

Puno was accompanied by former SAF chief Director Leocadio Santiago, defense and security company owner Reynaldo Espineli, and Puno's consultant, Ramiro Lopez III.

The DILG report says Puno's group left for Israel on May 10, the same date of the second pre-bid conference for the purchase of short firearms.

It cites a possible conflict of interest, since Puno and Lopez were both members of the bids and awards committee.

The report also says specifications of the assault rifles seem to have been amended to favor a particular bidder.

Robredo initially sought a review of the price for  the assault rifles.

While the bidding process was suspended, Robredo wanted to hold some officials accountable for pushing the deal. - from an exclusive report by Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News, ANC