Acquisition by the Philippine National Police (PNP) of two helicopters

By Jelly F. Musico

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee has endorsed to the Office of the Ombudsman a copy of the report containing the summary of the Senate inquiry into the alleged anomaly in the acquisition by the Philippine National Police (PNP) of two helicopters in 2009.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III, committee chairman, released last Wednesday the Committee Report No. 74 which finds former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and several PNP members liable for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices Act.

”This representation endorsed a copy of the report to the Ombudsman and further prove the value of our investigation into this matter. The fact-finding committee of the Ombudsman has, in fact, affirmed our findings and has ruled that a violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act was indeed committed,” Guingona stated in his report.

Based on the report, Guingona said a combination of testimonial and documentary evidence proved that Arroyo is the real owner of the used helicopters sold to the PNP for an overpriced P105 million.

”Archibald Po clearly testified that Mike Arroyo bought helicopters and used Po’s previous company, Asian Spirit, to bring the helicopters into the Philippines. Mr. Po further testified that Mike Arroyo wanted to sell his helicopters and that when these were eventually sold to the PNP, Mr. Po himself turned over the money to the former First Gentleman,” Guingona stated in his summarized report.

”Even the Arroyo’s own bookkeeper, Rowena del Rosario, never denied that she, in fact, paid Lionair for maintenance and operational expenses from 2004 to 2011,” he added.

Guingona said the committee also found that the PNP bought the second-hand helicopters despite violations of multiple rules of procurement.

Aside from the former First Gentleman, former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and National Police Commission (Napolcom) Ronaldo Puno is equally liable “because he violated a resolution he himself signed which requires the Napolcom to monitor each stage of the procurement process.”

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