Military chief denies overspending on fuel

MANILA — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) did not overspend on fuel and oil, its chief of staff said Thursday, adding it even had savings left over.

At a Senate hearing on alleged military corruption, AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Oban Jr. said an investigation on the P400 million in petroleum, oil, and lubricants (POL) that the AFP allegedly used in the first quarter of 2011 indicates there was no anomaly.

According to earlier reports, the office of Commodore Teddy Pan, AFP deputy chief of staff for logistics, recorded a distribution and consumption of P400 million worth of petroleum oil and lubricants for military units from January to March 15, 2011. The amount is above the AFP’s authorized P150 million for one quarter.

Pan was relieved from his post in April to pave way for an impartial and honest investigation.

However, Oban said the AFP actually saved P20 million in POL from January to March of this year. (more)

Defense exec vows no corruption under his watch

MANILA — Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin assured the Senate Thursday that no corruption practices will happen under his watch.

“No corrupt practices shall happen under my watch. We will never allow indiscriminate spending. The DND (Department and National Defense) and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) will be properly managed,” Gazmin said during the resumption of the Senate hearing on the alleged corruption in the AFP.

“We are now on our way towards professionalism and transparency,” he added.

In line with this, the Defense secretary enumerated DND’s recommendations for reform in the military. (more)