PNoy orders DND to uncover liabilities of Garcia, et al


Posted at May 31 2011 10:29 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2011 06:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has ordered the Department of National Defense (DND) to come up with a comprehensive framework to reform the defense and military, starting with unraveling the liabilities of former military comptroller Carlos Garcia and others supposedly involved in corruption.

In Memorandum Order No. 17, Aquino ordered the defense secretary to reconvene the department’s special investigating committee to coordinate with the justice department “to determine, based on [recent findings], whether appropriate criminal and/or administrative cases may be filed against erring officers or personnel.”

The committee was created on January 28 following revelations in Congress on the widespread corruption in the military. It recently disclosed its recommendations, but did not delve into who should be held accountable.

The defense and justice departments were given 90 days to submit a report to the Office of the President whether criminal and administrative cases have already been filed against erring officers.

Aquino also directed the defense chief to coordinate with the budget secretary and “conduct a comprehensive review and assessment of current policies, guidelines and processes in relation to the stewardship of public funds by the DND and the AFP with their joint report and recommendations to be submitted to the Office of the President within sixty (60) days from issuance.”

The defense chief was tasked to immediately incorporate the findings into appropriate reform programs. The committee earlier recommended the transfer of AFP procurement processes to the jurisdiction of the department.

Aquino also ordered the defense chief to conduct a comprehensive review of reform programs in the defense and military establishments, such as: strategic planning systems, financial management systems, improvement of logistics capacity, capability upgrade programs, etc. -- by Ira Pedrasa,