Multiple charges filed vs PNP chief Purisima
MANILA, Philippines–A consumer rights group filed plunder, graft and indirect bribery charges against the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima on Monday.
The Coalition of Filipino Consumers Secretary-General Perfecto Tagalog went to the Office of the Ombudsman to file multiple charges against the highest PNP official amid his alleged hidden properties, the P25-million “White House” controversy and his allegedly spurious gun licensing contract.
This is the second time Purisima was slapped with plunder charges. In April, a complainant in Legazpi City accused the PNP chief of plunder for entering into an allegedly anomalous P100-million contract with a courier service company for the delivery of firearms licenses.
Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office chief, told the media that the PNP assures that Purisima will respond to the cases.
“There are allegations and if there are charges filed, [they] will be answered in the proper forum,” Sindac said.
Last August, the consumer group also filed a petition before the office of Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan seeking for a lifestyle check on Purisima.
Purisima left the country for an anti-kidnapping and anti-extortion conference in Bogota, Colombia which will last until September 26.
The same group also claimed in an exclusive ABS-CBN report that Purisima allegedly owns a P3.7-million worth mansion in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.
Although Purisima declared this in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), the San Leonardo Municipal registry certified that Purisima has no registered property in the town.
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