PNP officers in choppers fiasco sacked


Posted at Aug 26 2011 04:29 PM | Updated as of Aug 27 2011 02:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police on Friday sacked several officers involved in the choppers fiasco, among them the head of the PNP's bids and awards committee Director George Piano.

The policemen are being investigated for the questionable purchase of 2 helicopters in 2009. The used choppers were allegedly owned by former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo but were passed off as brand new to the PNP.

On Thursday, PNP Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo said the PNP's fact-finding team has recommended filing charges against 27 people from the Bids and Awards Committee, Negotiation Team, and Inspection and Acceptance Team who played key roles in the purchase of the second-hand helicopters passed off as brand new.
Aside from them, charges will also likely be filed against officials of chopper supplier Manila Aerospace Products Trading (MAPTRA) and distributor Lionair Inc., according to Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao of the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
Pagdilao refused to name other people who will be included in the charge sheet because the investigation has yet to finish, but agreed with Sen. Panfilo Lacson that "there are indications of conspiracy" in the anomaly. Report from ANC