Money allotted for body-cam purchase all accounted for — PNP Chief

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PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief General Guillermo Eleazar reiterates that the funds allotted for the purchase of body cameras for the police force are all fully accounted for.

The allegations in social media regarding the supposed anomalies in the purchase of the body cameras has already reached his office, according to Gen. Eleazar.

We are currently coordinating with the office of Sen. Manny Pacquiao to verify if he indeed mentioned the PNP in his alleged list of corrupt government agencies through the procurement of the body cameras,” Gen. Eleazar said in a statement.

Moreover, I assure our kababayan na walang nangyaring nakawan ng pondo sa transaksyong ito,” he added.

In fact, Gen. Eleazar said the PNP was even able to save more than P45 million in the transaction and the amount saved will be used to buy high-definition CCTVs that will be used for their counter-insurgency and terrorism operations.

The fund that the PNP saved from the procurement of the body cameras, amounting to a total of P45,111,006.28, was combined with the P19,429,717.08 savings from the recent improvement of the PNP Command Center, to procure a CCTV Rapid Deployment System for around P60 million, Gen. Eleazar explained.

The CCTV Rapid Deployment System will be used in counter-terrorism operations anywhere in the country. It is composed of 10 deployable CCTVs with Artificial Intelligence, video management system, 10 CCTV mobile trailers and 10 generators. Each camera of the CCTV Rapid Deployment System can be loaded with 200 pictures of wanted criminals and terrorists.

The delivery of these items are expected to be completed this month.

“If indeed Sen. Pacquiao said that there was corruption in the procurement of bodycams, we would appreciate if he could provide us the details and I assure him that we would look into it,” assures Gen. Eleazar.

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