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CIDG creates special team to probe alleged irregularities in bunkhouses construction

Posted On 2014 Jan 13
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President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Briefing for Philippine Development Partners on Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, Department of Foreign Affairs Building in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Wednesday (December 18). Also in photo are Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Briefing for Philippine Development Partners on Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, Department of Foreign Affairs Building in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City on Wednesday (December 18). Also in photo are Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) announced on Wednesday the creation of a special investigating team to look into the alleged irregularities in the construction of bunkhouses for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda.”

The move came after Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson asked the PNP-CIDG to conduct an investigation into the supposed anomalies in the building of temporary shelters in typhoon-devastated areas in the Visayas region.

Chief Supt. Benjamin Tagalong, PNP-CIDG director, said that the PNP-CIDG is in full support to the request of Lacson. He added that he already talked with PNP Director General Alan Purisima regarding the matter.

”The chief PNP and I already talked and we are in full support to the request of Secretary Lacson,” said Tagalong.

”We have a special investigating team created for this matter,” he added.

According to Tagalong, the CIDG special investigating team is composed of six member-investigators from the regional office of the CIDG and from the headquarters in Camp Crame.

”We have an investigation, we have a system being followed,” he stressed.

Tagalong said the CIDG is still awaiting the pieces of evidence to be submitted to the police unit as part of the investigation. He said CIDG personnel in the area are also gathering information from various sources.

Lacson on Tuesday asked the CIDG to probe the alleged collusion between private contractors and politicians in the construction of temporary shelters for victims of “Yolanda.” He noted reports on the use of sub-standard materials and overpricing in the construction of bunkhouses. (MNS)

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