Pres. Duterte transfers PNP procurement power to Año

Pres. Duterte transfers PNP procurement power to Año

The President will not wait any longer, corruption will not be tolerated under his watch.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) attempt to purchase of overpriced radar speed guns, was the final draw for the Chief Executive that he ordered the immediate removal of the  police's procurement power.

Speaking before members of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) in Taguig, Duterte bared that he called up Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and asked him to be in charge of the purchasing of equipment and firearms instead.

Department of Interior and Local Government Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

“Tinawagan ko si (I called up) Secretary Año. Sabi ko (I said), ‘Do not allow the police to procure. Ang opisina mo na ang mag-procure (Your office should handle procurement),” Duterte said 
The Presidents was so outraged when he learned of the PNP's attempt to spend PHP950,000 per unit of radar speed guns when he could purchase the same type of device in Davao City for only P10,000 per unit.
“I said I may be wrong. Pero (But) certainly, PHP950,000 radar is just stupid becauseiyung sa Davao PHP10,000 lang ( in Davao its only P10,000)," Duterte said.

He said he was willing to provide the police force any equipment and firearms they needed as long as they asked.
“Ako, maski anong hingiin ninyo, basta legal lang, ibibigay ko. Walang problema 'yan (Me, whatever you ask for, as long as it's legal, I'll give it to you. No problem)," Duterte said. 
Such an act was considered by the President as “abdominable”, when the PNP almost spent a million pesos for a purchase of radar guns.

Under Secretary Año's helm, President Duterte said he expected “no corruption”.

Duterte, meanwhile, warned other government agencies against using public funds for personal gain.
“It’s a warning, lahat ng mga opisina (to all offices). If you will keep on f****** the people’s money, I will remove the procurement powers sa inyo (in your office),” Duterte said.

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