Armed Forces of the Philippines,Philippine National Police justify hike in intel fund

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police explained that the increase in their intelligence and confidential funds were due to delicate operations in Marawi siege and war on drugs.

Based on the 2017 Annual Financial Report of the Commission on Audit (CoA), the confidential, intelligence, and extraordinary (CEI) expenditure of the Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) are among the highest.

The DND had spent P2.222 billion while DILG P883.462 million in 2017.

Under the DND is the General Headquarters-Armed Forces of the Philippines to which report said that its CIE expenses ballooned to P1.68 billion in 2017 from P152.6 million in 2019 or a jump of 1,001 percent.

In its explanation provided to the COA, the AFP said this is due to the operations on Marawi City which then was terrorized by joint forces of Maute and Abu Sayyaf Group.

“The significant increase in the intelligence expense of Central Office was due to the massive/extensive intelligence and counter intelligence activities of the AFP during the Marawi crisis,”the AFP said.

On the part of the DND, the spending for the same purpose hardly moved from P35.939 million in 2016 to P36.028 million in 2017.

Meanwhile, the PNP’s CIE expenses increased by 235 percent from P252.55 million in 2016 to P845.51 million last year.

This was attributed to the government’s ongoing war on drugs then under the leadership of former PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa who handled the post from July 2016 to April 2018.

“Notable increase in this account was due to approved additional Intelligence Fund on top of regular intelligence fund received by the PNP from previous years and Intel Fund for PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign Plan (Double Barrel),” the PNP said in its Financial Statement.