THE Commission on Audit (COA) must look into the budget of the Philippine National Police (PNP), including the P3-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) allocation it received in 2013, to make sure that funds were used properly, a lawmaker said on Monday.
According to Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, it is only proper for COA to determine in its special audit report if the funds were used correctly and did not just line pockets of PNP officials.
Trillanes was reacting to reports about the more than P3-billion allocation obtained by the PNP through the DAP and intended for hiring of new personnel, procurement of additional equipment including patrol cars and firearms, construction of new police stations and upgrading of capabilities.
The biggest DAP allocation received by the PNP was for the modernization program of the agency amounting to P2 billion, which is listed under item 111 of a document from the Department of Budget and Management.
It was intended to augment the capability-enhancement program of the PNP that involves the improvement of mobility, procurement of firearms and communication devices and repair and rehabilitation of police stations.
The allocation was apparently the first tranche in a supposed series of allocations.
On top of the P72 billion budget of the PNP in 2013, there also was an allocation of P128.2 million from the DAP for the construction of 20 new police stations and P860.7 million intended for the hiring of non-uniformed personnel.
Trillanes, however, said the apparent largesse from the DAP and the performance of the PNP are two separate issues and as such must be handled differently.
The PNP is currently headed by Director General Alan Purisima, who served with the Presidential Security Group during the term of then-President Corazon Aquino.
Meanwhile, Sen. Grace Poe also on Monday said she will just wait for the detailed audit of the P3-billion DAP allotted to the PNP before coming up with a position on the issue.
Poe is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, which has jurisdiction on matters relating to peace and order; the PNP; the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; the Bureau of Fire Protection; and private security agencies as well as the use, sale, acquisition, possession, cultivation, manufacture and distribution of prohibited and regulated drugs and other similar substances.