Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon aired doubts Friday over the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) spending of a P1.8-billion fund allotted to the PNP-led National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), even as he prodded the new PNP chief to verify the “dubious” disbursement.

Drilon questioned as “unbelievable” PNP claims on disbursements from the P1.8-billion NTF-ELCAC funds for “13 million activities in a year, 43,333 per day and 1,805 activities per hour.”

Drilon asked: “Has PNP become a ‘super body’ or ‘superman’? It’s a mystery to me how they were able to do it.”

The Senate Minority Leader suggested that newly-appointed PNP Chief, Lt. Gen. Dionardo Carlos, frontload a review the PNP’s use of its anti-insurgency funds following allegations of “misuse.”

Moreover, Drilon pressed the PNP chief to conduct his own inquiry after noting as “unbelievable and suspicious” that the PNP conducted about 13 million different activities in
less than a year, averaging to about 43,333 activities in a day, using over P1 billion allocation from the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict or NTF-ELCAC.

Drilon recalled that during the Senate’s deliberation on the budget of the PNP Thursday, he already questioned the utilization of the NTF-ELCAC funds, noting that the Commission on Audit previously called out several government agencies for irregularities in the use of
NTF-ELCAC funds.

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