Roxas, Purisima invited to a congressional investigation over questionable purchase of PNP patrol cars - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Roxas, Purisima invited to a congressional investigation over questionable purchase of PNP patrol cars

Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and two former PNP Chiefs / Photo from
Former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas and the then Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima were to summon by Senator Grace Poe to attend in a congressional inquiry in connection with the questionable purchase of Patrol Cars from Indian Car maker, Mahindra during PNOY’s administration.

Senator Poe maintained, through a radio interview, that a settlement of this extent would only be authorized with the knowledge of DILG, governing the PNP.

During her interview on DZMM, Senator Poe said in vernacular, "We will invite General Purisima because he is one of those involved. We should also summon the former head of DILG (Roxas) because a transaction this big, P1.8 billion, would not be approved by the PNP if the DILG was not in agreement".

With Secretary Roxas spearheading both DOTC and DILG under the previous administration, Senator Poe implied that there is a distinctive pattern leading to a possibility that there was an unauthorized approval of the contract between the government and Mahindra. Poe also said that the hearing would help analyze if Purisima should also take the blame to perhaps take to any leads.

Former DILG Mar Roxas, photo from Ellen Tordesillas (Google)
"If you will analyze it, there's a pattern, I don't know who's the common denominator between DOTC and DILG, in which a person who doesn't a have capability to respond to the needs of the agency is favored," she said.

Prior to procurement, Commission on Audit’s (COA) audit panel cited two (2) resolutions made up of approved amendments issued by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) stressing the proposed minimum standards of Patrol Jeep’s specification through the Uniform and Equipment Standardization Board (UESB) before being acquired.

The agency finds that the amended specifications stipulated for below – standards of vehicles “that were disadvantageous in terms of maneuverability and bigger load carrying capability.”

Reacting on the said findings, Senator Poe said, "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."

Former PNP Director General Alan Purisima, photo from Inquirer News
PNP eventually terminated its collaboration with Mahindra on Monday’s announcement, disallowing the Indian Car maker to participate in any more of the agency’s public bidding for its projects.

Senator Poe demands authenticity to find out why Mahindra was ‘favored’ despite the presence of superior brands with known track records. She added that Mahindra do not even have adequate Service Centers in the country to address the vehicles’ maintenance issues and much – needed repairs.


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