• Senate seeks PNP report on missing food allowance

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    THE chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to submit an updated report on the alleged missing food allowance intended for police officers deployed during the visit of Pope Francis in January.

    In a letter addressed to PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina dated July 6, 2015, Senator Teofisto Guingona asked for an update report in relation with the ongoing investigation of the issue.

    Some 25,000 policemen were deployed in Metro Manila and in Leyte province during the Pope’s five-day visit to ensure his safety.

    It was Police Director Ricardo Marquez, the directorate for operations, who was in charge of the task force papal visit. He is also currently one of the contenders for the top PNP post.

    According to Guingona, some police officers were only given P700 instead of P2,400 as allotted.

    Espina has relieved administratively Supt. Evangeline Martos, budget officer of the Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG).

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