PNP operations face disruption-A A +A
Monday, July 21, 2014
THE entire Philippine National Police (PNP) may not be able to access its operational funds for next month after a Manila Regional Trial Court issued garnishment order against the country's police force.
On July 9, 2014, Manila RTC branch 32 thru court Sheriff Manuel Escuadra Jr. ordered the garnishment of the PNP fund with the Land Bank of the Philippines stemming from the civil case filed by the Manila's Finest Brotherhood Association, which represents 3,344 retirees of the defunct Integrated National Police (INP), forerunner of the PNP.
"Withdrawal, release or transfer shall not be made on any deposit accounts, properties or assets belonging to the aforementioned parties under the Bank’s control or possession if the resulting balance will go below or equivalent to Php3,915,140,499.16," the order said.
The group is demanding P3.9-billion worth of pension differentials for the retired INP from 1991 to 2006, which remain unpaid up to this time.
When the INP was dissolved in 1991 to give way for the creation of the PNP, retirees of the INP receive lower monthly pension compared to those who retired under the PNP.
However, in 2007, the monthly pension for INP retirees was equaled with that of the PNP retirees.
Sindac said that if the garnishment order will continue the entire operation of the PNP will be massively affected.
"This has really a big impact on us because we are withdrawing money from our Land Bank account every month for our operational expenses," he said.
"We are apprehensive that if this will not be resolved, the PNP operations will be unduly hampered and that more than 66,000 of our PNP and INP pensioners will not receive their pensions in their ATMs for August 2014 as a result of this garnishment order," Sindac added.
Sindac said if the PNP will comply with the court's order, it will not be able to access more than P600 million, which they use every month to finance law enforcement activities.
Sindac said that this also means that the PNP will not be able to withdraw some P1.8 billion, which is automatically being received in the PNP account and immediately being paid every month as pension for both PNP and INP pensioners.
The police official said the budget that is being released to their Land Bank account are sourced from the pension and Gratuity Fund of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) under Republic Act 10633, and not from annual appropriations to the PNP.
Based on GAA, P22-billion or 1.8 billion each month is being allocated to pay the pension of PNP retirees.
Sindac said the GAA has already recognized the pension differential being sought by the INP retirees, however the National Government did not include an additional P3.9 billion to pay it.
The PNP is now coordinating with the Land Bank of the Philippines to seek legal remedy from the garnishment order of the Manila court. (Sunnex)