"outsourcing" of AFP procurement to civil servants
By CESAR CORTES
Administration vice presidential candidate Edu Manzano has endorsed
the proposal of former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Narciso Abaya
(ret.) to "outsource" the military's accounting, disbursement and
purchasing processes to non-uniformed career civil servants.
"This will go a long
way in curbing the misuse of military funds that is depriving our
soldiers in the field the full support that they need," said Manzano,
who once served in the US Air Force as a systems analyst.
"It is totally
unacceptable that our troops in the front have to endure lack of
weapons, basic protection gear and supplies, partly on account of the
misappropriation of military funds," added Manzano, former national
president of the Vice-Mayors' League.
Manzano made the
statement not long after the Millennium Challenge Corp. decided to
withhold the release of $500 million or around P2.35 billion in grants
to the Philippines for the country's anti-corruption reforms.
The MCC said it would
defer the release of the funds until after the country elects a new
Ombudsman records show
that two former comptrollers and a former budget officer of the Armed
Forces have been separately accused of amassing a combined P479
million in ill-gotten wealth.
Erstwhile officials at
the military's Retirement and Separation Benefit System have also been
accused of corruption. They have been blamed for bankrupting the
Abaya earlier proposed
the enlistment of non-uniformed career government personnel to look
after military funds.
In the military
service, graft and corruption take its toll on the lives of soldiers
and on the accomplishments of the mission, according to Abaya.
that previously rebelled against the government attributed the
increasing disillusionment of soldiers to unchecked official