Poe to check on PNP's purchase of patrol cars
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Grace Poe wrote to the chief of the Philippine National Police to ask for the details of an ongoing process of purchasing new patrol cars.
In a letter to PNP Director General Alan Purisima dated November 4, Poe cited reports that even before the bidding process has yet to be completed, there are companies that are being favored as suppliers by the PNP bids and awards committee.
These supposedly favored suppliers are allegedly "new and without service centers," the senator said.
A total of P918.9 million from the 2014 national budget was allocated for the purchase of more than 1,000 units of single cab patrol jeeps, Poe said. From the amount, half a billion pesos have been readied for utilization, she added.
Poe, who chairs the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, requested the information in exercise of the Senate's oversight function.
The embattled PNP chief Purisima is facing graft, plunder, and indirect bribery complaints over an allegedly undervalued "mansion" in Nueva Ecija and the renovation of a multi-million residence – a so-called "White House" – at the general police headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City.