By : Marites Toledo
A Liberal Party (LP) senator wants to improve the performance of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in all of its duties to the people, not only against illegal drugs, thus, he asserted that P5 Billion should be added to its budget for next year.
Senator Ralph Recto said the PNP budget that is expected to be cut by P500 Million from P3.82 Billion this year to P3.37 Billion next year will possibly slow down PNP’s momentum on its fight against crime.
Recto, also the minority leader of the Senate, said the proposed P5 Billion increase should be put to the P67.5 Billion Unprogrammed Fund in the P3.3 Trillion 2017 national budget.
Recto explained that “the P5 billion was put in the unprogrammed fund in order not to trigger cuts in the budgets of other agencies.
Senate records show that the P5 Billion and the original allotted finds will be used to buy new guns, constructions of police stations, vehicles, motorcycles, etc.
Recto, who is also the Senate’s minority leader, is hoping that the Senate will strongly support his ideas for the betterment of the PNP.