Superintendent Ronnie Francis Cariaga, director of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office (PPCPO) and Anti-Crime Task Force (ACTF) head Richard Ligad, were invited by the City Council to shed light on the non-turnover of 10 units Toyota Wigo as service vehicles to two police stations in the city.
Councilor Peter Maristela said Monday he invited Cariaga and Ligad to the question hour of their session on October 8, 2018. Also invited is the city budget officer.
Secretary to the City Council, Atty. Philipp Jerome Hilario, informed the city police director cannot attend because of the visit of the new regional police director, while Ligad is still seeking for the permission of Mayor Lucilo Bayron before his appearance to the question hour.
Councilor Maristela wants to know why the 10 Toyota Wigo cars were not turned over to the PPCPO since it is the intention for its acquisition. The vehicles were instead utilized by the city’s ACTF.
“Tayo ay nagtataka kung bakit ang sampung Wigo na kotse na pinopondohan ng Syudad na dapat sana ay support sa City PNP ay hindi naibigay sa halip ay ginagamit ng Anti-Crime Task Force ng City Government. Kaya nga inaprobahan namin ang budget kasi yun ay para sa City PNP,” he said.
Because of Cariaga’s and Ligad’s no-show at the city council, the question hour for the two officials was rescheduled on October 15.
Sila ay inimbitahan sa Q and A para matanong kung bakit ganun ang nangyari. Hindi na ba kailangan ng City PNP ng patrol cars kung bakit pinaubaya nalang nila sa anti-crime task force?,” he asked.
Maristela further said that the city allocated P10million for the procurement of 10 units Toyota Wigo cars, and this includes equipment for the PNP.
“Nalaman natin na P500 thousand ang halaga ng bawat isang sasakyan. P10 million ang naka-allocate nito kasi may kasama pa itong mga kagamitan para sa PNP,” he added.
Maristela said that some police stations have no or lack of patrol cars and the city’s support could have contributed to the services in maintaining the city’s peace and order.
He said that as contained in the supplemental budget, the city proposes to procure another 30 units police car for the City PNP.
“Meron na naman sa Supplemental Budget na 30 patrol cars na bibilhin ulit. Ang sabi ko baka saan na naman mapunta ang mga patrol cars na ito. Ginagamit na lang palagi ang pangalan ng City PNP hindi naman para sa kanila. Maraming mga estasyon na walang patrol cars,” he said.
Maristela further said that he wanted to know if its users are allowed to use blinkers since the cars are used not by the policemen.
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