THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spent at least P150 million for military operation during the three-week siege of Zamboanga City by members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
AFP vice chief of staff Lt. Gen.Alan Luga disclosed on Tuesday that more than 50 percent of the said amount went to fuel expenses and maintenance of the military’s C-130 aircraft while the rest were spent for food, medicines and hospitalization of soldiers.
“P150 million plus is our initial computation [as of today]. It was spent on fuel, food, medicine and hospitalization,” he explained.
He pointed out that the cost of bullets and other war materiel used by soldiers during the 21-day operation were not yet included in the computation and as well as the amount being spent in the ongoing clearing and mopping operations.
“It would still go up because the operation is not yet over. There are others that have not yet been factored in,” Luga said.
Earlier, Luga was quoted saying that P394 million was spent in the Zamboanga campaign.
But a re-computation, he explained, showed that it was about 50 percent only or P150 million has actually been spent because the cost of bullets and other materiel were included in the first computation.
Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander, Seventh Civil Military Operations Group, had earlier explained that the more or less P300 million was spent for ordnance for the use of the entire 125,000-strong AFP.
“It was for the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines, not just for Zamboanga City,” Cabunoc pointed out.