Bato: Let Ombudsman probe missing allowances for SAF troops

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2018 02:51 PM

Outgoing National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa said on Monday he will leave it up to the Office of the Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices to investigate the P59.8 million worth of subsistence allowance allegedly not given to Special Action Force troopers.

"The criminal aspect, as well as the administrative aspect of the investigation will be done by the Ombudsman," Dela Rosa told reporters at Camp Crame during his final press briefing as chief of the PNP.

Former and current SAF members filed plunder charges against former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad and other finance officials after over two years' worth of allowances were allegedly not distributed to them.

Dela Rosa said he felt bad for the SAF troopers, but assured them that they will be given their due.

"I really felt bad. Kung totoo yan, galit ako. It doesn't mean naman na kapag finile na ang kaso, eh totoo lahat 'yan 'yung sinabing P68 million. Baka mababa pa diyan kaya kailangan talaga investigation ng Ombudsman d'yan," Dela Rosa said.

"Well, they will receive what is due them. Huwag lang sila maghimutok. Everything will be taken care of by the incoming leadership," he added.