Senator Ralph Recto stated the proposed 2018 “tokhang” finances of the Philippine National Police value P900 million ought to stay with the PNP however “rechanneled” for the acquisition of wanted gear.
He stated that the PNP itself has admitted that it lacked 12,399 patrol vehicles, 11,346 bikes, 50,668 service handguns and 41,136 lengthy firearms, 132 police quick boats, and 902 particular objective autos.
“Why not use the funds intended for ‘Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded’ for new cars and guns instead?” Recto stated, referring to what the PNP formally billed because the 2018 version of its anti-drug marketing campaign.
“Our police can better serve and protect the people if we’ll be able to pound this double barrel into cars, guns, and boats,” the Senate President Pro-Tempore stated.
Recto stated cash earmarked for brand new gear within the PNP’s P131.2 billion finances for 2018 “will hardly dent the logistical shortfalls it is facing.”
Next 12 months, it can have a procurement finances solely sufficient for 160 vehicles, 308 bikes, 20 particular objective autos, 19 boats, 10,000 sidearms, and 5,000 lengthy firearms,” Recto stated.
“Kung i-divert natin ang tokhang budget, madaming gamit na mabibili,” Recto stated. The PNP is asking for a 2018 finances of P131.2 billion, P19.6 billion increased than its 2017 finances of P111.6 billion.