SAF allowance mess an isolated problem: official

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Posted at Apr 18 2018 12:49 PM

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Apart from the elite Special Action Force, no other police unit has encountered problems with the release of allowances, the spokesman of the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

Some 4,000 SAF troopers are entitled to receive monthly "additional subsistence allowance" due to the dangerous nature of their assignments. However, documents show some policemen allegedly only received their allowances for 8 months since 2016.

"Itong kasong ito ay ngayon lang nangyari, d'yan lang sa SAF na iyan at walang ibang units na may ganito ring insidente," said police spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bulalacao.

Some SAF commandos have accused 4 police officials of plunder and malversation of public documents for allegedly withholding the allowances.

The 4 officials allegedly told the complainants that the funds were used for operational expenses, fellowship and personnel training for SAF troopers.

Funds, however, cannot be diverted from one police program to another, said Bulalacao.

The national police, he said, will leave it up to the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the controversy.

DZMM, 18 April 2018