An official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has denied allegations that he is engaged in money-making schemes through the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo dismissed allegations that he had been skimming from the department’s projects. He said that he does not have authority over the projects under the BJMP and BFP.
A confidential letter sent to the Office of the President by DILG employees and officials accused Hinlo and two other undersecretaries — Emily Padilla and John Castriciones — of committing anomalous acts.
The three were also behind the ouster of former Interior secretary Ismael Sueno, where he was also alleged by the three officials of committing dishonesty and corruption within
“I would like to make clear that despite being the undersecretary for public safety, I was never given by former DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno the authority to promote or reassign BJMP or BFP personnel nor was I ever given the authority to handle the budget or manage the BJMP prisoner’s meal allowance,” Hinlo said in a statement.
The DILG employees and officials also accused Hinlo of attempting to change the procurement system of the department.
But the official said he has not participated in any process of the DILG’s Bid and Awards Committee.
However, he admitted that he wanted to change the department’s procurement system to make it simpler and less technical.
“It is my personal belief that the Philippine government must have a procurement system that would favor Filipino manufacturers and those products produced by factories within the Philippines,” Hinlo explained.