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LEADERSHIP VOWS: PNP improvements after Moscow incident

Posted by Abi Kwok on November 16, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 23:20:00 11/15/2008


MANILA, Philippines — The leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed to improve its policies after getting the flak from several senators during the investigation into the controversy surrounding the P6.9 million allegedly obtained from the PNP intelligence fund.

At Saturday’s hearing, Director General Jesus Verzosa told senators that the PNP would continue with its own investigation into the alleged unauthorized release of PNP funds by retired comptroller Eliseo Dela Paz, in aid of the investigation separately conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman and the National Police Commission (Napolcom).

At the same time, Verzosa also vowed to look into the policies under the directorate for comptrollership, after the incident involving Dela Paz, who allegedly acted on his own when releasing PNP funds for the Interpol Conference in Russia last October.

“These comptrollership at bidding processes are already being tackled and actually included in our transformation program,” he said.

“We will reinforce the bids and awards committee which has been in need of reform for so many years. Some contracts and procurements are delayed and we have to adjust the process and make it faster,” he added.

Verzosa has earlier suspended all foreign travels of PNP officials, following the incident. He said that the technical working group has already created the final draft of the new travel policies, copies of which will be distributed to the Senate and Napolcom, he said.

In an interview, Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said that Dela Paz’s move of taking full responsibility over the incident absolved Verzosa. He also said the PNP chief has just taken up his post and cannot be blamed for this incident.

Roxas said that it would now be up to the Office of the Ombudsman to act on the incident as well as Dela Paz’s admission of guilt. He dared Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to immediately act on the case.


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