The Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division ordered the arrest of former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and several others in connection with the allegedly anomalous courier deal with Werfast Documentation Agency, Inc. (Werfast) in 2011.
The court issued an arrest warrant after it found sufficient grounds to try the graft case filed by the Office of the Ombudsman against Purisima and 16 others.
“After judicious scrutiny and evaluation of the Information and resolution of the prosecutor, the evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, the Court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of a probable cause and for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against all the accused charged in the instant cases. The Court has, in fact, independently determined for itself the existence of probable cause as to merit the arrest of the accused, acquire jurisdiction over their persons, and to proceed to trial,” the anti-graft court said in a three-page ruling.
Charged along with Purisima were former PNP officials Napoleon Estilles, Gil Meneses, Raul Petrasanta, Allan Parreño, Eduardo Acierto, Melchor Reyes, Lenbel Fabia, Sonia Calixto, Nelson Bautista, Ford Tuazon, and Ricardo Zapata Jr.
Mario Juan, Salud Bautista, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena, and Juliana Pasia – who were identified in the charge sheet as Werfast incorporators, were also indicted.
The court also ordered the arrest of Meneses, Estilles, Parreño, Reyes, Tuazon, Juan, Bautista, Valerio, Perena, and Pasia.
Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada, who leads the court’s Sixth Division, and Associate Justices Oscar Herrera Jr. and Michael Frederick Musngi signed the ruling.