Sunday, July 9, 2017

Congress has allegedly more intel funds than PNP and AFP

Former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III was appalled with the 2016 allocation of intelligence funds to Congress which amounted to Php 1.4 billion.

A graph from Defense News Daily showed that most of the intelligence funds went to Congress and the rest was divided among the Senate – Php 298 million; Philippine National Police (PNP) – Php 252 million; General Headquarters (GHQ) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Php 140.5 million; Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine Army (PA), and Philippine Navy (PN) – Php 115 million; and Department of National Defense (DND) – Php 10.7 million.

Alunan said that if the information is correct, it would explain why the intelligence system of the Philippines is faulty. With meager funds for their operations, it cannot execute to its fullest. “Malfeasance and misfeasance” is possible.

It is questionable why most of the funds go to Congress when its main duty is to create laws. It does not have missions and operations like the AFP or PNP where intelligence is necessary most of the time, as Alunan expressed.

Malgovernance is possible in this set up, Alunan explained, because by allotting more intelligence funds to a sector that does not primarily need it means that personal and political interests supersede national security.

In his full post on Facebook, Alunan said,

"WTF? Is this correct? It's supposed to if it's from COA based on its 2016 audit, the last year of Daang Matuwid. What was it like since 1999? Is it unchanged today? It better be.

Why would Congress hold on to intelligence funds when its role is to make laws and provide oversight? Goddam, it isn't an operating unit of the AFP or of the PNP. 

Malfeasance and misfeasance come to mind. What else? No wonder we're screwed by the enemy from without. They have help from the enemy within. And they're quick to accuse the security sector of intelligence failures? 

If that graph is correct, then that explains the state of the nation where vested interests come before national interests. Where malgovernance reigns over a hapless society. That's what PRRD is up against.

Agree or disagree?"

Source: Rafael Alunan III and Philstar

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