Former PNP chief posts bail

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PROVISIONAL LIBERTY Former PNP chief Alan Purisima posts bail at the Sandiganbayan in connection with a graft case filed against him over an allegedly anomalous courier deal with Werfast in 2011. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

PROVISIONAL LIBERTY Former PNP chief Alan Purisima posts bail at the Sandiganbayan in connection with a graft case filed against him over an allegedly anomalous courier deal with Werfast in 2011. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

Former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima posted P30,000 bail for his provisional liberty on Friday afternoon over a graft case filed against him at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the allegedly anomalous courier deal with Werfast Documentary Agency Inc. (Werfast) in 2011.

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Purisima posting bail came after the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division found probable cause to try the case and ordered his arrest along with several others in a resolution dated May 18 and made public on Thursday.

Wearing a gray polo shirt and black knee-length shorts, he arrived at the anti-graft court at about 3:15 p.m. after the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) reportedly served the arrest warrant at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 upon his arrival from Butuan City, Agusan del Sur.

After Purisima posted bail, his lawyer Dexter Corpus clarified, “Just to reiterate he was not arrested, he voluntarily surrendered.”

Earlier this month, the Office of the Ombudsman charged Purisima with graft along with 16 others in connection with the allegedly anomalous courier deal.

Also  named respondents were former PNP officials Napoleon Estilles, Gil Meneses, Raul Petrasanta, Allan Parreño, Eduardo Acierto, Melchor Reyes, Lenbell 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 charged.
Only Salud Bautista, president of Philrem Service Corp., is yet to post bail.

The Ombudsman alleged that the respondents gave Werfast unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement with the firm for courier services for firearms license applications, approving and implementing as mandatory the delivery by courier of firearms license cards and granting Werfast accreditation as the PNP’s courier service provider for all such applications despite the firm’s supposed failure to comply with government regulations on courier services.

Such regulations include prior registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, authority from the Department of Transportation and Communications to operate a delivery service and accreditation by the Department of Science and Technology.
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