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Sibak! Ex-SAF chief sacked over alleged misuse of funds

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Former Special Action Force chief Director Benjamin Lusad has been relieved from his current post over the supposed unreleased allowance of police commandos amounting to P58.849 million.

PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao announced that the relief order against Lusad as current chief of the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Southern Luzon took effect Tuesday.

Also sacked were former SAF budget and fiscal officer Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon who serves as DIPO-SL Administrative and Resource Management Division chief.

“[May] relief order si General Lusad at si Andre Dizon para magkaron sila ng sapat na panahon na depensahan ang sarili nila sa kasong isinampa laban sa kanila ng kanlang mga tauhan sa Special Action Force,” Bulalacao said.

Two non-commissioned officers who were named as co-accused in the complaint, Senior Police Officer 2 Maila Bustamante and Senior Police Officer 1 Jack James Irica, were also relieved from their respective posts.

Bulalacao said the officers involved were already informed and given a copy of the complaint-affidavit filed by the complainants.

“Ngayon nagkaron ng initial investigation ang ating comptrollership. In fact, they are doing a management audit kung papaano yung insidente na ‘yon,” Bulalacao said.

Former and current SAF personnel filed malversation and plunder complaints against Lusad and other finance officers for allegedly failing to release two years’ worth of daily additional subsistence allowance amounting to more than P58 million.