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Puno urged to quit gov’t due to controversies


Interior Undersecretary Ricardo Puno

MANILA, Philippines — It may be time for Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno to consider leaving the government given all the controversy that has hounded him, according to Agham party list Rep. Angelo Palmones who has vowed to continue the investigations he started into the allegedly questionable Philippine National Police purchase of P1 billion worth of pistols.

Palmones thinks Puno should not be appointed to another position in government after he leaves the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Palmones in July sought an investigation into the PNP’s procurement of 60,000 pistols, and he said on Monday, he would want to resume the probe after the passage of the national budget at the House of Representatives.

Puno, who oversees the PNP, supposedly fast-tracked the PNP firearms contract before the new DILG secretary Mar Roxas could assume office, according to a losing bidder. The interior undersecretary also made headlines earlier when he allegedly tried to enter the condominium unit of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo a day after the latter’s plane crashed.

“After the reports that we received about the rifles and the pistols and again the question surrounding his attempt to enter the condominium unit of Secretary [Jesse] Robrerdo, the doubt is there,” Palmones told reporters on Monday.

Besides, he said nobody in government should be considered indispensable and the country had a lot of good, trustworthy leaders.

Asked if he thought Puno should just resign, the party list lawmaker said a true friend would know when to make an exit.

“A true friend who sees himself becoming a headache would volunteer to leave out of delicadeza,” he said.

He added that anybody could continue helping the government even if he or she was not in public office.

Palmones also said he would like to continue probing the PNP’s pistol procurement after he received information that part of the shipment was already in the country early this month, just a few days after the deal was firmed up.

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Tags: Angelo Palmones , Department of Interior and Local governments , Government contracts , House of Representatives , Mar Roxas , News , partylist , Philippine Government , Philippine National Police , Politics , procurement , Rico Puno

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    It’s high time that Rico Puno totally quit government service. 

    If he stays in spite of all the controversies surrounding him, it will greatly affect the credibility and respectability of the president.

    No sacred cows. No one is indispensable in an organization. Leave the president and government service, Mr. Puno!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMQA5JDNNAY3CTREKDGKPNQD6A ronie

      as llamas said ‘only pnoy can remove me from office’.

  • TuwadNaDaan


  • Joseph Jose

    delicadeza?….. puno pls listen …..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    How will Puno resign when the group of Paquito Ochoa, Sonny Coloma, Chiz Escudero and Peping Cojuangco are egging him to stay? These are the people who all belong to the Samar group who back up Rico Puno!

  • malek_abdul

    “Puno urged to quit gov’t due to controversies” – He will not quit! “Delicadesa” is not practiced in the Philippines. Karamihan sa mga taong gobyerno at politico ay walang kabusugan.

  • dequis

    tumatawa sa picture ang sarap upakan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWZ5O4SRF7VZW3PUYC2OBQB5KU Arnel

    if npa is planning to re-activate abb liquidation squad, puno will exceed the qualifications..

  • tonto_ka

    tingnan nyo natawa at natuwa….walang hiya yan at wala rin ang DELICADEZA sa vocabulary nya…so totoo lang nde nya alam kung ano yun…baka bariL or pera…tingna nyo nag mukHa biloG…MUKHANG PERA!!!l

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    puno-punong na sa pikon ang tao…well-planned plane crash…walang nakaka-alam na may problema ang plane…pati yata si Pnoy ay walang alam din sa nangyari sa plane ng INTERIOR SECRETARY…kawawa naman naging PRESIDENT ka nga, wala lang nagsabi sa iyo na ang buhay nila ay delikado na kasi nasira ang right engines ng plane…haaa

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AFMPJUN2MD252PZUKVRYCTCKB4 Tadyak

       wala daw sira ang plane, nahaluan lang ng tubig yung gasolina, di namn daw sinasadya… ups…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

        haaaa….no comment ako dito….haaaa

  • Cal_Reznick

    No way Puno will step away from the government. Money is too good and his connection is so high.

    The Administration barely has anything against on the former President yet they hunt her like cattle. Puno has all these questions regarding his anomalous transactions and the President protects him like fine China.

    Something doesn’t add up here.

    The President makes all these claims about his anti-corruption campaign. I guess it was all a hoax!

  • mxgdyqt8069

    Totoo po ba ang balita na kaya ayaw lumipat nina Anthony Taberna at Gerry Baja sa INC owned Net 25 at DZEC ay dahil malaki ang mawawala sa kanila? Balita po kasi na nirerecall na ng INC ang kanilang mga miyembro na nasa ibang media network para lumakas ang
    puwersa nila

  • Bronkwun

    Naging senador si Loren Legarda, naging senador din at VP si Noli De Castro, naging kongresman si Ted Failon, naging kongresman din si Angelo Palmones, lahat sila ay galing sa ABS CBN pero bakit si Palmones lang po ang tumaba ng todo?

  • isowhuwatudid

    Walang ibang source sina Anthony Taberna at Gerry Baja sa kanilang mga balita sa DILG arms deal kundi si Congressman Angelo Palmones dahil kaibigan nito ang losing bidder na Kolonwell

  • gmhrn6014

    Bakit kaya hinahayaan ng INC na manakit ng kapwa sina Anthony Taberna at Gerry Baja? Kasama na po ba ngayon sa doktrina ng INC ang manira ng tao?

  • Pegason

    Kung si Puno ay malapit daw sa supplier ng baril mula sa Brazil baka naman po si Agham Partylist Angel Palmones ay sa Kolonwell

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