- PNP Zamboanga Peninsula receives 42 patrol jeeps for its two provinces
- Zamboanga Sibugay receives 16 units while Zamboanga del Sur gets 26 units
- The vehicles were among the 1,470 patrol jeeps involved in the controversial bidding process of the DBM in 2014
Two years after experiencing a crisis in the region, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga has received 42 new patrol jeeps from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday.
In an article written by Bong Garcia for Sun Star Zamboanga, it was disclosed that DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento visited the Zamboanga Peninsula Police Regional Office (ZPPRO) in Camp Romeo Abendan on December 31 to turn over the vehicles worth P37.5 million made by automotive company Mahindra.
According to Sarmiento, the distribution of new patrol vehicles serves as the DILG’s form of gratitude to the mayors of Zamboanga, who has continued to show their support to the police force despite the existence of terror factions in the region.
The 12-seater jeeps were awarded to each of the 16 towns covered by the Zamboanga Sibugay Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO), and 26 municipalities attended to by the Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZDSPPO).
The units were among the 1,470 vehicles involved in the controversial bidding process conducted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in 2014, wherein the contract was awarded to an Indian company that has not been formally inaugurated in the Philippines at that time.
“How could the fleet vehicle contract be awarded to a company that hasn’t formally and publicly been inaugurated yet? Even assuming that the Mahindra vehicles are significantly cheaper, wouldn’t the PNP lose in the long run if these vehicles turned out to be inferior in quality?” Renowned motoring journalist Vernon Sarne of Top Gear Philippines asked.
Mahindra offered to build each unit for a price of P895,000; patterning the vehicles from the Mahindra Bolero of India and dubbing it as Mahindra Enforcer in the Philippines.
The units feature a 2.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine rated at 100 horsepower and 240 Newton meters.