Duterte strips PNP of procurement powers

Published January 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Argyll Geducos

President Duterte transferred the procurement powers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año after finding out that they tried to buy radar speed guns for P950,000 each.


In a speech in Taguig City Monday evening, Duterte said he was surprised to find out from the intelligence community about the PNP’s procurement. He admitted that he did not notice it during their last command conference.

“Napuna ng mga intelligence na yung radar, yung sa traffic, P950,000, close to a million. Hindi natin nakita. Akala ko yun na yung the whole gamut of… yun pala isa (The intelligence guys noticed that the radar speed guns cost P950,000 each. We did not see that. I thought that was for everything but that price was just for one item),” he said.

“It’s too… Nine hundred fifty thousand pesos per unit is simply abominable,” he added.

The President said he immediately called Año after finding out, claiming that it only cost the Davao City local government P10,000 to buy a radar speed gun.

“Kaya tinawagan ko si Secretary Año. Sabi ko (That’s why I called up Secretary Año. I said), ‘Do not allow the police to procure. Ang opisina mo na ang mag-procure… Tanggalin mo ‘yang procurement diyan sa pulis. Hindi na ‘yan sila makabili maski clip (Your office will do it… Remove their procurement powers. They can’t buy even a paper clip),'” Duterte said.

“Mahal ko ang pulis. Ang problema may mga ugok talaga diyan (I love the police but there are really bad eggs there),” he added.

In an interview after his speech, Duterte hoped that his latest move against the PNP will serve as a warning to other government agencies.

“It’s a warning sa lahat ng opisina (to all government offices). If you keep on f*****g the people’s money, I will remove the procurement power sa inyo. Ako na (from you and I will do it),” he said.

Duterte earlier tasked Año to lead and fix the PNP because he cannot pick someone to serve as PNP chief after the supposed involvement of General Oscar Alabayalde in the ninja cops controversy.

Meanwhile, President Duterte reiterated his desire to revive the Marcos-era Bureau of Supply to stop corruption and so the public can monitor the government’s procurement of goods and services.

“Baka mag-gawa ako ng Bureau of Supply. Doon na magbili tapos gusto ko ilista lahat. Yung tractor kung anong gusto mong putang inang bilhin, eroplano, ilagay mo yung presyo. Yung international pricing para malaman ko agad kung paano (I may create the Bureau of Supply. All procurements will go through there. Identify the kind of airplane or tractor you wish to buy. Put the international price so I can find a way immediately),” Duterte said.