VOLUNTEERS Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Founding Chairperson Dante Jimenez on Sunday called on Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas 2nd to investigate how more than a thousand AK-47 assault rifles purchased by the government ended up in the hands of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Mindanao.
In the same breath, Jimenez said he believes that corruption in the ranks of the Philippine National Police (PNP) thrives with the complicity of PNP Director General Alan Purisima himself.
“It should not just be an investigation by the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group). Corruption in the PNP goes all the way up to the head itself, PNP Chief Alan Purisima,” Jimenez said.
“Imposibleng wala siyang alam diyan. Command responsibility ‘yan. May alam ‘yan [It is impossible that Purisima does not know anything about the case. That is command responsibility. He knows something about it],” He added.
Jimenez said that an independent body should investigate the case since it would be hard for the PNP to subject its own personnel, much less its head, to such a probe.
“The act itself is big. It is an act of treason. That is why I urge Secretary Mar Roxas to personally investigate this. It is treason of uniformed personnel,” he said.
He also said that the announcement of the people being implicated in the case is premature since no investigations had been made. He also claimed that the PNP are looking for fall guys.
“It is quite frightening that we have a situation such as this. Remember (Senator Antonio) Trillanes exposed this during the Oakwood take over. And still it is happening in the PNP. What is General Purisima doing about it?” he asked.
Earlier, Director Benjamin Magalong, head of the CIDG, said the police officials who may likely be charged with administrative and criminal charges include five retired and active generals.
Magalong earlier implicated senior officers Chief Supt. Regino Catiis, current executive officer of the Directorate for Comptrollership, and Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta, the incumbent PNP regional director of Central Luzon.
Petrasanta, a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1984, is a top contender for the top police post when Director General Alan Purisima leaves it in November next year.
The three other officers implicated are Police Directors Gil Meneses and Napoleon Estilles, who are both under Non-Duty Status (NDS) in preparation for their mandatory retirement age of 56, and retired Chief Supt. Tomas Rentoy 3rd.
Rentoy was also implicated in the controversial Euro-General case.