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THIS NEW PNP-SAF CONTROVERSY IS ABSOLUTELY UNNECESSARY – CASTELO

“We cannot expect our special forces to risk life and limb if we cannot even give them what little is due to them.”

This according to Quezon City Rep. Winnie Castelo, chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, amid reports that allowances for members of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Forces (PNP-SAF) have not been released to its personnel for more than two years amounting to almost PhP 60 million.

“This is only PhP 30 per day or roughly PhP 900 per month of subsistence allowance per PNP-SAF member and, yet, they do not even get it – this new PNP-SAF controversy is absolutely unnecessary, and should be resolved at the soonest time possible,” lamented Castelo.

This is only PhP 30 per day or roughly PhP 900 per month of subsistence allowance per PNP-SAF member.

“Accordingly, there was an admission from the PNP-SAF leadership that the funds were diverted for other purposes – this is clearly and convincingly technical malversation,” stressed Castelo.

This is clearly and convincingly technical malversation.

“President Rodrigo Duterte issued a very definitive marching order to increase the pay of uniformed personnel – this diversion of funds from the pockets of uniformed officers and men to operational expenses or to training expenditures or to fellowship costs is obviously against the wishes of the President, and must be addressed with the full force of the law, if no reasonable and acceptable explanation can be forwarded by the PNP-SAF leadership,” concluded Castelo.

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