Hontiveros questions P4 billion ‘unaccounted’ PPEs

    Senator Risa Hontiveros flagged P4-billion worth of “unaccounted” protective gear that the government had announced was bought at a specific price back in May.

    Hontiveros claimed the Philippines lost some P1 billion in the purchase of overpriced personal protective equipment (PPE), the large number of which came from foreign manufacturers.

    The P1 billion loss is a “conservative estimate,” the opposition senator stressed, as she brought up another inconsistency regarding the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) response to her initial allegation.

    Citing the April-May or Quarter 2 DBM report, Hontiveros said the Department of Health (DOH) purchased 5.1 million PPE sets worth P10.2 billion or P2,000 each.

    The senator noted that the Palace reported in May that the government had bought PPE sets worth P1,100 each.

    “There’s a huge discrepancy there. Where is the extra P900 going? That’s around P4 billion worth of PPE sets that is unaccounted for,” said Hontiveros.

    “Maaring mas mahigit pa sa isang bilyon ang nakuha sa kaban ng bayan. Higit sa isang bilyon na dapat ginamit nalang para sa ayuda, sa pagtaas ng sahod, at napakarami pang iba,” she added.

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