Tiangco blasts DILG, PNP: May natutulog sa pansitan
MANILA - "Mukhang may natutulog sa pansitan."
This is how United Nationalist Alliance secretary general Toby Tiangco described the failure of intelligence that allowed acts of terrorism to happen in Mindanao including an attack by Moro National Liberation Front forces in Zamboanga City.
In a statement, Tiangco asked the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) why it failed to prevent the MNLF movements in Zamboanga.
He noted that there were already indications and leads that members of the MNLF were being mobilized.
"The MNLF movements in Zamboanga are a massive failure of intelligence. Ano ang nangyari sa intel budget ng DILG at PNP? Mukhang may natutulog sa pansitan," he said.
Tiangco said the DILG and PNP were also caught flatfooted in a series of terrorist bombings in Mindanao in the past two months--the Cagayan de Oro bombing on July 26, in Shariff Saydona Mustafa, Maguindanao and Midsayap, North Cotabato on July 31, and in Cotabato City on August 5.
The UNA official criticized the DILG for having a bigger chunk in intelligence fund as compared to the Department of National Defense (DND) or the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
He said even with the steady yearly increases in the DILG's budget, intelligence gathering system has remained mediocre.
"Given the many security lapses that happened under their noses, the Zamboanga attack once again exposes the DILG's inability to abate internal threats. Nalusutan na naman... parang walang nangyayari sa intelligence gathering kahit napakalaki ng intel funds ng DILG at PNP... nasa pansitan pa rin tayo," he said.
Tiangco's statement is the latest attack by the UNA official against the DILG and its head, Secretary Mar Roxas. Roxas and UNA official Jejomar Binay are perceived as possible rivals for the presidency in the 2016 election.
Tiangco earlier questioned the supposed P1.9-billion insertions in the proposed General Appropriations Act of 2014 for projects beyond the jurisdiction of the DILG. He said Roxas has his own pork barrel that includes the P76 million appropriation supposedly earmarked for "climate change adaptation"; P573 million for "potable water supply" for waterless municipalities and barangays; and P1.25 billion for housing intended for informal settlers in Metro Manila. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/25/13/mar-has-p19-b-pork-barrel-201...
In response, Roxas said the budget for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management has been included in DILG’s budget since the time of the late DILG chief Jesse Robredo.
He noted that disaster preparedness is just one of the tasks of the DILG. He also said the DILG funds will be used to relocate 26,000 informal settler families next year.