Statement of Undersecretary Rico E. Puno



As undersecretary for peace and order in the DILG, I am entrusted with duties and responsibilities that involve strict confidence, security and protocol. Violating the confidential nature of my duties may expose people to danger or jeopardize critical operations.  Hence, I am duty-bound to act with restraint and circumspection, even when subjected to personal attacks in the mass media.  This is why I have opted not to react to the speculative accusations that have been hurled against me by some media organizations.

This is the chronology of events that transpired on Aug. 18 and 19, 2012, as I followed the orders of the President:

Saturday, August 18


2045 H  (8:45 p.m.) (Mactan Cebu International  Airport)

Boarded the Cebu Pacific flight to Manila. When I was about to board, the President called and  instructed me to secure the offices of Secretary Robredo.  I relayed the instructions to Supt. Oliver Tanseco, deputy chief of the Office of Internal Security in Secretary Robredo’s office.

2230 H (10:30 p.m.) (Naia  Terminal 3)

Arrived in Manila

2330 H (11:30 pm) PNP Director-General’s Quarters, Camp Crame “White House”

Proceeded to the PNP Director General’s Quarters. Among those present there were Usec. Austere Panadero, PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome, Ms Joan de la Cruz, a member of Secretary Robredo’s staff and S/Supt. Tanseco.

The President called again and I reported the offices have been secured.


Sunday, August 19

0900 H (9:00 a.m.)

Supervised sealing of  Secretary Robredo’s Office at DILG Quezon City accompanied by the following: S/Supt. Joel Pagdilao, Supt. Oliver Tanseco, Chief Insp. Apollo Togonon and other security officers of Secretary  Robredo.

0930 H (9:30 a.m.)

Informed by Superintendent Tanseco that there were documents inside the residence/condominium of the Secretary.

1000 H (10:00 a.m.)

Led team to secure Secretary Robredo’s condominium unit; stayed in condominium lobby; instructed team to sign condominium log book to document our presence; left condominium after about 20 minutes.

1030 H (10:30 a.m.)

Arrived at Camp Crame and supervised sealing of Secretary Robredo’s office; left Camp Crame after about 15 minutes.

1130 H (11:30 a.m.)

Arrived at National Police Commission (Napolcom) building in Makati City; supervised sealing of Secretary Robredo’s office; left after about 20 minutes.

1500 H (3:30 p.m.)

Accompanied secretary of justice and Presidential Security Group team that performed inspection, sealing  and securing of Secretary Robredo’s: a) DILG office; b) condominium unit; c) Camp Crame office; and d) Napolcom office.  Entire operations were completed at around 7 p.m.

When the President asked me to serve in the DILG, he emphasized that we needed to strengthen the institution so that our uniformed personnel will become truly servants and protectors of our people.  For the past two years, I have carried out specific assignments in accordance with the President’s mandate.

We have introduced reforms to ensure full transparency of procurement and bidding processes.  We have streamlined these processes to achieve the President’s objective of getting “the biggest bang for the buck” in providing basic equipment to enable our uniformed personnel to perform their tasks effectively.

I believe that I have carried out my assigned duties to the best of my ability.

Moving forward, I have resigned as DILG Undersecretary to support the President’s decision to give a free hand to the incoming Secretary in forming a new team.

I wish to thank President Aquino for his trust and confidence in giving me the opportunity to serve our country and people.

September 11, 2012

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  • Isang Pilipino

    Goodbye, Rico Puno! Good riddance!

    Stay out of sight! You’ve done a great deal of harm to PNoy!

    Go somewhere . . . anywhere . . . get lost!

  • mangtom

    Do the country a favor. Go to Spratlys and defend it from intruders. Dalhin mo rin yong kagaya mong Lolong-Mike Arroyo. Double whammy yan. 

  • anu12345

    Bakit wala yatang pronouncement si de Lima na sinabi sa kanya ni Pnoy na may ganun siyang order kay Puno? Para nagkaliwanagan agad. Pero malabo pa rin. Dahil tiyak na alam na ni Pnoy ang investigation na ginagawa ni Robredo na sangkot si Puno. At na-Google raw ni Pnoy ang malaking price discrepancies ng mga baril na alam niyang si Puno ay involved sa transaction.  Pero he still ordered him to secure those places? If I remember noong last presidential election, may isang journalist na nagsabing we have the wrong Aquino kid to be the candidate as far as the size of brain is concerned. 

  • Cal_Reznick

    Even Puno’s statement and account appear suspicious.

    There’s obviously some form of cover-up happening and the President is helping his friend cover-up the corruption being investigated by the late DILG Sec.

    It seems that the President and his buddy are the only 2 that knows about this securing documents and sealing areas etc…everyone else including the Presidential spokesperson and everyone in Malacanang were left in the dark.

  • FreemindOnline

    I think for Palabra De Honor, if you do good and good is not good enough — GET OUT!. You’ll be harming more than yourself. Simple math, so simple no need to explain.

    Mrs Robredo already spoke and you are in question…..

  • Jon

    Puno’t dulo: Kasalanan lahat ni Gloria ito.

  • Fred

    Dapat yang resignation na yan ay nuon pang Luneta fiasco!!!
    Huli man daw at magaling, late pa rin. 
    Ang babaw ng dahilan mo kung bakit ka nanatiling tahimik.
    Palusot king.  

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  • MonMayuga

    Mr. Rico E. Puno,

    Kung kayo po ay isang tunay na kaibigan ng Pangulo ay marapat lamang na hindi kayo tumanggap ng anumang tungkulin sa pamahalaang ito dahil alam ninyo na palaging may alinlangan ang sambayanan sa anumang layunin ninyo. 

    Kung kayo ay tunay na kaibigan ay hindi ninyo ipahahamak ang kaibigan ninyo dahil ang pagiging malapit ninyo sa Pangulo ay nakasisira sa kanya at tiyak na magbubunga ng hindi maganda. 

    Kung may tiwala man ang Pungulo sa inyo ay higit kayong makatutulong sa kanya kung hindi ninyo gagamitin ang kanyang tiwala para sa pansarili ninyong kagalingan dahil ang ganito ay makasasama sa kanyang pamahalaan.

  • lostRunes

    “0930 H (9:30 a.m.)”

    “Informed by Superintendent Tanseco that there were documents inside the residence/condominium of the Secretary.”

    uuy paano niyo nalaman yan? aminin…

    Kaya dinala ni Robredo yun sa bahay kasi WALANG TIWALA SA MGA TAO SA DILG.

    Kung wala kayong kasalanan 1) bakit hindi nag explain AGAD ang Palasyo/Lacierda/Carandang? 2) bakit ka nag decide na puwede puntahan ang bahay ng isang tao na may tinatagong dokumento sa INYO? 3) bakit naki usap pa si Mrs. Robredo kay De Lima na secure yung papers?
    4) According to the President,

    Noynoy:”Justice Secretary Leila de Lima informed him that there were confidential papers in Robredo’s office.”

    Puno:”Informed by Superintendent Tanseco that there were documents inside the residence/condominium of the Secretary.”

  • jga94

    While I think this going to the condo unit is one big misunderstanding and much ado about nothing (I mean why would Puno leave his name on the security logbook of the condo if the operation was “clandestine?”)…..BUT…Puno has been sticking out like a sore thumb in the administration of PNoy….when I learned of his credentials…that he was a former supplier of guns and ammunitions…and he was placed in charge of PNP particularly og procurement (he said so in an interview na “inako na nya lahat ng procurement ng PNP…”)….I was like ….whaaaat?It’s like giving a bait to a fish….an irresistable bait….parang conflict of interest…..

    I would like to know SPECIFICALLY WHAT MEASURES HE CLAIMS HE HAS INSTITUTED IN THE PNP TO MAKE PROCUREMENT TRANSPARENT….because as far as PUBLIC PERCEPTION IS CONCERNED…IF PUNO IS I CHARGE OF PEACE AND ORDER…THEN HE IS CERTAINLY A FAILURE……kaliwa’t kanan sa news puros patayan/holdapan…puros may loose firearms here and there…criminals are getting bolder and bolder….I put the blame directly on the PNP chief and Usec Puno (because he says he is in charge of peace and order….)….

    So I a mglad Puno resigned not because of the so-called “raid” but moreso because I think he has not fulfilled the responsibilities of his office well enough….

    Plus, whatever investigation there is about the rifle overpricing/anomalous bidding process….this should be continued….

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