PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa said in a letter to the Senate foreign relations committee, that the 6.9-million-peso cash advance given to retired police comptroller Eliseo dela Paz came from the PNP’s intelligence fund allocated for the purchase of intelligence equipment.
“The cash advance was secured by him from P/Supt. Samuel Rodriguez, the Disbursing Officer for the Directorate for Intelligence through P/SSupt. Tomas Rentoy, Chief, Budget Division, Directorate for Comptrollership. The funds are intended for possible purchase of intelligence equipment and similar products,” said Verzosa in a letter addressed to Sen. Manuel Roxas.
Roxas, however, thinks that Verzosa’s explanation is part of a script for a cover-up.
“Ganito ba mamili ng equipment ang PNP, at sa ibang bansa, cash? At bitbit-bitbit pa? Pangalawa, walang bidding. Anong bibilhin na security equipment? At ang pinakamahalaga, ang mamimili ng equipment isang retirado na. Anong katayuan niya mag-negotiate ng isang kontrata?” Roxas said in an interview.