By Mario Casayuran
The Philippine National Police (PNP) may soon have P330 million worth of radar speed guns and other devices to catch drivers who exceed the speed limit, as well as those who drive while under the influence of alcohol.
According to PNP chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa, the President has given the go-ahead to purchase the speed guns in order to address the growing number of road accidents in the country.
However, there is no exact date as to when the PNP would be able to get their hands on the new equipment.
The reason, being is that they have yet to start the bidding process for the procurement of the new radar speed guns.
With the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) imposing a 60 km/h speed limit across all circumferential and radial roads, the PNP’s planned procurement of new speed radar guns might help curb violators.
Earlier, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson said the greed of some police officials has evolved to ultra-greed as he expressed support to President Duterte’s decision removing the procurement power of the PNP amid the potential of overpricing.
“Nag-improve ang greed? Nag-evolve na ang greed sa ultra-greed. Kailangan ma-determine ni Interior Secretary (Eduardo) Año ang timeframe na nire-refer ng Pangulo sa overpricing na sobra-sobra. Hindi lang heads should roll. Some people should really go to jail,” Lacson, chairman of the Senate national defense and security committee, said.
The former PNP chief said the President has all the reason to be aggrieved because he has always been generous to the police organization when it comes to support, equipment, salary, and allowances.
“Lahat binigay so we cannot also blame the President to feel that way. Kung may ganoong misbehavior when it involves public funds, dapat lang talaga alisin ang authority,” he said. (He has given them everything. If there is any misbehavior, such procurement authority should be withdrawn. )
He said a radar speed gun, which is used to catch speeding drivers, only costs P10,000 in the President’s hometown in Davao City while the PNP proposed a budget of P950,000 for each item.
Lacson in his Twitter did not name any company linked to the speed gun issue.