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PNP to cooperate in probe on purchase of ‘defective’ patrol cars

THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE (PNP) is drawing hard lessons on the acquisition of its fleet of patrol cars following findings by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the lack of spare parts needed to service some 2,000 India-made Mahindra police vehicles procured in 2015.

“It is already being investigated by the Ombudsman pero mag-cooperate po,” said PNP Directorate for Logistics chief Director Jose Maria Victor Ramos, referring to the purchase of 1,656 Mahindra Enforcers worth P1.543 billion and 398 Mahindra Scorpio Light Transport Vehicles amounting to P349.44 million.

State auditors pointed out that 206 units were not being utilized “due to frequent breakdowns, poor after sales services and limited availability of spare parts impacting on its vision of a more capable, effective and credible police force.”

As a result, the PNP said they will take into consideration for future procurements whether the providers have service centers in the region. Columbia Motors, a local firm, caters to the Mahindra service needs, the PNP official pointed out. (Benjamin Pulta)



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