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Police perks, President’s travel expenses soar in 2016

/ 07:25 PM July 13, 2017

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 26th Anniversary of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology ( BJMP) held at Camp[ Aguinaldo, on July 12,2017 (INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC)

MANILA — The Office of the President’s expenses for overseas travel doubled and awards for policemen bloated under the first six months of the Duterte administration.

According to the Commission on Audit’s annual audit report for 2016, foreign traveling expenses jumped to P369.64 million, up by 187.1 percent from P128.75 million the year before.

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The 2016 figure was also higher than the P202.25-million figure logged in 2014, the earliest year for which a breakdown of the OP’s maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) was provided by COA.

“Increase in Traveling Expenses-Foreign was due to foreign travels of the President to Malaysia, Vietnam and China,” read the COA report.

Local traveling expenses, however, decreased to P27.05 million in 2016, from P55.71 million spent the year before when the country hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

During his first six months in office, Mr. Duterte visited a total of 10 countries: Laos (Sept. 5-8), Indonesia (Sept. 8-9), Vietnam (Sept. 28-29), Brunei (Oct. 16-18), China (Oct. 18-21), Japan (Oct. 25-27), Malaysia (Nov. 9-10), Peru (Nov. 19-20), Cambodia (Dec. 13-14), and Singapore (Dec. 15-16).

More rewards for police

Meanwhile, expenses recorded as “awards/rewards and prizes” increased to P6.857 million, 61.34 times (6,133.6 percent) higher than the P110,000 and P140,000 logged in 2015 and 2014.

The sharp increase represented the awards given to Philippine National Police personnel “due to meritorious and invaluable services rendered during the second semester of [calendar year] 2016,” although no breakdown was provided in the report.

Mr. Duterte has focused on his controversial and bloody campaign against the illegal drug trade. In December, the issue of rewards made headlines after PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced that the President planned to give away cash rewards for Christmas.

In January, Mr. Duterte suspended his anti-drug campaign to order an “internal cleansing” after admitting that “the culture of corruption in the police is deep.” The following month, he admitted to giving money to policemen “every command conference,” but said these were meant for buy-bust operations.

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Overall, the OP recorded a decrease in MOOE to P2.23 billion, 69.1 percent down from the P7.21 billion spent by the agency when the country hosted the APEC summit in 2015. Still, this was higher than
the P1.34 billion incurred in 2014.  SFM

Traveling Expenses Local Foreign
2016 396,687,027.14 27,045,454.14 369,641,573.00
2015 184,459,579.14 55,706,526.51 128,753,052.63
2014 236,952,179.64 34,697,862.07 202,254,317.57


Awards/Rewards and Prizes
2016 6,857,000.00
2015 110,000.00
2014 140,000.00
2016 2015 (APEC hosting) 2014
Total Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses 2,229,522,367.26 7,205,532,929.96 1,389,326,943.20
Traveling Expenses 396,687,027.14 184,459,579.14 236,952,179.64
Training and Scholarship Expenses 23,460,663.38 59,793,888.31 69,441,356.35
Supplies and Materials Expenses 71,639,366.58 145,470,412.61 97,308,018.39
Utility Expenses 79,039,573.68 83,829,177.49 92,075,398.82
Communication Expenses 15,663,649.62 24,788,377.27 22,032,154.36
Awards/Rewards and Prizes 6,857,000.00 110,000.00 140,000.00
Survey Expenses 172,208.54
Confidential, Intelligence and Extraordinary Expenses 715,231,318.17 453,591,611.97 433,515,475.35
Professional Services 52,609,713.62 1,881,167,566.18 110,786,658.20
General Services 25,735,587.50 93,904,271.11 21,925,329.08
Repairs and Maintenance 80,821,021.08 297,712,719.29 24,322,133.70
Taxes, Insurance Premiums and Other Fees 16,536,050.75 24,392,488.56 19,257,019.97
Other Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses 745,241,395.74 3,956,140,629.49 261,571,219.34
Source: Commission on Audit’s annual audit reports.
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