PASAY CITY, Philippines – Former officials of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) attended Tuesday’s Senate inquiry on the P60-million unreleased allowances of SAF Troopers.
SAF members are entitled to P30 daily additional subsistence allowance or equivalent to P900 per month due to the dangerous nature of their assignments.
According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, Chairman of Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, records show that the SAF Troopers only received their subsistence allowance in January of 2016 and from January to July of 2017.
During the inquiry, former SAF Director Benjamin Lusad denied knowledge of the unreleased amount as he argued that he trusted his staff on the matter.
Former SAF Budget Officer PSSupt. Andre Dizon, for his part, explained that the agency already distributed around P37 million of subsistence allowance to SAF commandos in May 2018. Lacson, however, questioned the long delay and why it was released just this month.
The Committee suspended the inquiry pending SAF officials’ submission of the detailed report on the recently released for allowances of SAF members. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue