• PNP’s P30-M computer deal stinks, says VACC

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    The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief is again under fire after complaints mount against the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) over the constant “crashing” of its computer system that was installed by an information technology (IT) provider allegedly close to the PNP chief.

    The PNP-FOE had hired Joseph Mendoza as code provider/IT consultant.

    Mendoza and Purisima belonged to the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1981.

    A contract between the PNP and Progressive Ideas, the code provider and where Mendoza is said to be a shareholder, reportedly cost P30 million.

    Progressive Ideas was said to have been commissioned by the FEO to upgrade the firearms and license database of the PNP.

    In its website www.progressive ideas.com, the company offers “solutions for your computer, network, IT training and business communication requirements. We guarantee to empower you with IT solutions to put and keep you always ahead of the competition. Progressive Ideas is based in one of the IT-hub cities of the Philippines.”

    The company said it has been operational since 1996 and prides itself in “successfully building, deploying, implementing IT solutions such as network design and set-up and business consulting.

    “But the FEO computer system is always crashing,” an FEO insider said.

    Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), said if the latest information leads again to Purisima they will not hesitate to lob graft charges against the PNP chief.

    “This [IT contract] is another can of worms,” Jimenez added.

    He said his group is mulling the filing of charges against Purisima over the questionable source of funding for the official residence of the PNP chief located inside Camp Crame, the PNP headquarters in Quezon City.

    Purisima, who has been in hot water over the e construction of his so-called White House, had claimed that the alleged P25 million used to build the residence came from his Mason friends.

    He is said to be the grandmaster of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.

    Jimenez said he is convinced that Purisima commissioned a “favored contractor” to build the White House.

    “Dapat tignan ni Mar Roxas yan, imbesitigahan yan … kase mukhang walang control si DILG secretary kay Purisima [Mar Roxas should look into, investigate it . . . it looks like the DILG secretary has no control over Purisima],” he added.

    Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd , who heads the Department of Interior and Local Governemnt (DILG), is the immediate superior of the PNP chief.

    The PNP under Purisima’s leadership has been under fire for a number of high-profile incidents that have raised questions about the PNP chief’s leadership.

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