PNP: Ping is lying

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday denied the allegation made by Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson that there is an annual P40-million fund, a high credit limit and gas allocation for its chief.

“There’s no such thing as ‘pabaon’ in the police force,” PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said Thursday.

Lacson earlier alleged that there exists a “slush fund” for the PNP chief similar to the controversial “pabaon” system in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“The allegation made by the former chief PNP were untrue,” Cruz told reporters during a press briefing.

He added: “There’s no special or personal fund, high credit limit and there’s no tradition of ‘welcome and sendoff gifts’ for the highest ranking official of the Philippine National Police.”

Lacson, who served as PNP chief from 1999 to 2001 during the tenure of former President Joseph Estrada, alleged that the PNP chief also receives a huge gas allowance enough to sustain 50 vehicles.

Cruz said the fund is used to support the PNP’s national support units and regional offices in the forms of petroleum, oil, lubricant, ammunition and other resources.

“But, in the interest of transparency and public accountability,  the PNP welcomes any investigation or formal inquiry to be done and we will fully cooperate with this probe,” Cruz said.

PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo has already denied receiving any amount of money in the form of “pasalubong” when he took over the top police post last September. Anthony Vargas

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