THERE seems to be no end to controversies hounding the Philippine National Police (PNP) under Director General Alan Purisima.
Sen. Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, on Thursday asked the PNP leadership to provide details on the organization’s planned acquisition of patrol jeeps or patrol cars.
It was learned that the PNP Bids and Awards Committee is set to purchase more than a thousand single cab patrol jeeps that will cost the government P918.9 million.
In a letter, Poe said she wants to know the details regarding the procurement process including the names of the companies that participated in the bidding because of allegations that some bidders are being favored by the PNP.
“There are reports that there are companies which are new and without service centers which are being favored,” she stated in the letter.
The senator gave the PNP leadership seven days to comply with the request.
Poe’s committee has called on the Office of the Ombudsman to expedite resolution of complaints filed against Purisima by various groups in order for the PNP to regain public trust.
The Senate panel also urged the Ombudsman to determine if the PNP chief violated the law when he accepted a huge discount on his 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser and for secretly accepting donation intended for the construction of the PNP head’s official residence in Camp Crame in Quezon City dubbed the White House.
According to a report by the Senate committee, the substantial discount amounts to a gift or donation in favor of Purisima presumably by reason of his office. The panel stressed the need for a closed investigation on how P11.46 million used to renovate the “White House” was raised.