Año to new PNP Chief Albayalde: Prioritize SAF allowance anomaly

FILE PHOTO: Former Armed Forces of the Philippiens (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año

MANILA, Philippines — Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año Thursday told newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde to prioritize the issue on unreleased subsistence allowance of Special Action Force (SAF) Troopers.

Año said the issue “will serve as litmus test on how he (Albayalde) will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization.”

Año was referring to the P59.8-M peso fund withheld from SAF troopers even after a portion of it had been released. Año believes the PNP should launch its own fact finding investigation on the matter.

Former SAF chief Director Benjamin Lusad and former SAF budget and fiscal officer Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon together with two SAF Finance personnel had been relieved of their posts and are now plunder and malversation charges over the fund mess. — UNTV News & Rescue

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