Military officer relieved over anomalous purchase of oil products

MANILA, Philippines – a ranking military official was relieved from his post on Thursday as the Armed Forces (AFP) continues with its probe on the alleged irregularities in the purchase of Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL).

The officer, who was temporarily relieved from his post as AFP deputy chief of staff for Logistics (J4), was Commodore Teddy Pan, who belongs to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 77.

AFP Chief, General Eduardo Oban Jr., ordered Pan’s relief from his post and ordered a thorough investigation on the alleged irregularities in the purchase of petroleum and oil products for the military.

“It is an accepted practice in the military establishment to relieve the commander of the unit or office being investigated in order to pave the way for an impartial and honest investigation,” Oban said in a statement.

The investigating team of the ongoing probe, composed of the Judge Advocate General, Internal Auditor and the Provost Marshal General, seeking to determine facts surrounding the purchase and disbursement of POL in question.

“It is expected that whatever will be the outcome of the investigation, it would be for the benefit and general welfare of the institution which will not only center on persons but also on the logistics management systems as a whole,” Oban said.

“We are confident that all the facts will be considered and evaluated in an impartial manner. The results will be fair and just,” Oban added. Anthony Vargas

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