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)