PNP to cooperate in probe of defective Mahindra patrol cars sold by Palawan Gov. Pepito Alvarez
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is drawing hard lessons from the acquisition of its fleet of patrol cars following findings by the Commission on Audit (COA) on the lack of spare parts needed to service the India-made Mahindra police vehicles procured in 2015.
“It is already being investigated by the Ombudsman pero mag-cooperate po kami (but we will cooperate),” PNP Directorate for Logistics chief Director Jose Maria Victor Ramos said in connection with the state of the 2,000 Mahindra patrol cars.
The PNP purchased 1,656 Mahindra Enforcers worth P1.543 billion and 398 Mahindra Scorpio Light Transport Vehicles amounting to P349.44 million.
State auditors pointed out that 206 units were not being utilized “due to frequent breakdowns, poor after sales services and limited availability of spare parts impacting on its vision of a more capable, effective and credible police force.”
As a result, the PNP said they will take into consideration for future procurements whether the providers have service centers in the region.
Columbia Motors, a local car dealer owned by bilyonary and Palawan Gov. :Pepito Alvarez,, caters to the Mahindra service needs, the PNP official pointed out. (PNA)