Ex-SAF chief, 3 others in P59.8-M allowance mess sacked

MANILA A police general and three others have been relieved from their posts for their alleged involvement in the anomalies over the missing PHP59.8 million in allowances for members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF).

Director Benjamin Lusad, head of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) - Southern Luzon; Senior Supt. Andre Dizon, head of the Administration and Research Management Division of DIPO-Southern Luzon; Senior Police Officer 2 Mila Bustamante and Senior Police Officer 1 James Erica were relieved from their posts, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao told reporters Tuesday.

Plunder and malversation complaints have been filed before the Military and Other Law Enforcement Office (MOLEO) of the Ombudsman against the four police officials.

Lusad was former SAF director while Dixon was the budget officer when the daily additional subsistence allowance of SAF commandos was not released while Bustamante and Erica were assigned at the SAF Finance Office.

The complaint stemmed from the SAF leadership's failure to give the PHP30 daily allowance of the SAF commandos from January 2016 to December 2017 despite receiving the fund from the PNP National Headquarters.

Source: Philippine News Agency