Press Release
July 2, 2018

Grace Poe on COA findings on PNP purchase of defective patrol cars

I expressed serious concerns in 2014 about the way the terms of reference for the PNP patrol jeeps bidding were crafted that apparently were tailored-fit for Mahindra, effectively eliminating all the other more known brands with track record and countrywide presence as far as service centers are concerned from competing. These COA findings validate my concerns to a large extent. I will push for an inquiry to look into these and determine the culpability of the PNP officials, among others.

For reference:

04 November 2014

The Honorable
Director General
Philippine National Police
Camp Crame, Quezon City

Dear Director General Purisima:

This is to request details on the on-going acquisition of patrol jeeps or patrol cars by the Philippine National Police. Accordingly, the PNP Bids and Awards Committee will purchase more than a thousand units of single cabpatrol jeeps that would be used by the police force in the performance of their mandates and duties.

Reports indicated that the amount of Php 918.9 million will be sourced from the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA, Budget Law) and of which half a billion pesos have been readied for utilization. Likewise, while the government bidding procedure has not been completed yet, there are reports that there are companies which are new and without service centers which are being favored.

We are requesting the information in exercise of the Senate's oversight function and to forestall or prevent lengthy deliberations on this concern, recognizing that our PNP should be able to perform their community and neighborhood police duties in apprehending criminals and solve increasing criminality.

Anticipating that the information will be received by the office within seven (7) days, with high esteem and appreciation, I remain.


Chief of Staff

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