MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) instructed the Special Action Force (SAF) on Tuesday to investigate the status of unmet procurement contracts flagged by state auditors.
“I have directed the leadership of the SAF to determine and immediately report to me why some of these procurement contracts have not materialized. I have also tasked the SAF to report the current status of the contracts,” PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement.
The Commission on Audit (COA) stated in its 2020 audit report that at least 29 procurement contracts carried into by SAF with various suppliers have not yet been delivered as of the end of previous year.
COA also advised the PNP to cancel contracts for troop carriers, armored vehicles, machine guns, rifles, grenade and rocket launchers, pistols, mortars, parachutes, and tactical vests, among other things.
“We will consult with our PNP Legal Service kung ano ang mga susunod na hakbang na aming dapat gawin hinggil dito (on what would be our next steps regarding this matter),” Eleazar added.
According to Eleazar, these contracts for the procurement of various equipment for the SAF are significant in improving the unit’s operational capability.
“Kaya’t ang focus natin dito ay talagang ma-i-deliver sa ating SAF ang mga equipment na makatutulong ng malaki sa kanilang operasyon (So our focus here is to really be able to deliver to our SAF the equipment that will help a lot in their operation),” he added.