MALACAÑANG on Tuesday dared critics of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to file charges against him in court to compel him to answer graft allegations against him.
“If there are allegations, file the charges before a court of law and the person should answer,” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda quoted President Benigno Aquino 3rd as saying.
“So it will be up to PNP chief Purisima to respond to those allegations because we are also not aware of that. We were only made aware because of the reports that came out on TV,” he said.
The PNP chief reportedly left for Bogota, Colombia, on Monday to attend an anti-kidnapping and anti-extortion conference until September 26.
On Monday, the Coalition of Filipino Consumers (CFC) filed plunder, graft and indirect bribery charges against Purisima at the Office of the Ombudsman.
The group claimed that Purisima grossly undervalued in his 2013 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) the Nueva Ecija property that he jointly owned with his wife Ma. Ramona Lydia. The PNP chief listed the value of the property at P3.750 million.
It said Purisima’s property could be worth P30 million to P40 million. The CFC also claimed that Purisima committed an act of indirect bribery when he admitted that the money he used for the “White House’s” renovation came from some of his friends and patrons.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Theodore Sindac earlier said Purisima will answer the allegations against him “at the right time, in the proper venue and in a proper forum.”
Purisima last week snubbed a Senate hearing on the controversies surrounding him and the PNP. He has been summoned to appear before the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs on September 30.