Ombudsman eyes Senate report to probe Purisima

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OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales is exploring the possibility of including the Senate blue ribbon committee report in their investigation of  Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima who is facing charges of graft and plunder.

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The Senate public order and safety panel chaired by Sen. Grace Poe released its committee report on its probe on Purisima over the weekend.

“Ombudsman Morales welcomed the finalization of the report of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs. The investigators will study it as soon as the report is received,” the Office of the Ombudsman said in a statement on Monday.

Poe underscored the importance of investigating Purisima, noting that the country’s top policeman should possess utmost integrity and exercise transparency.

Poe’s panel conducted a hearing on pending bills on PNP modernization and rising crime rate that eventually turned into a probe on the alleged unexplained wealth of Purisima.

Purisima admitted during the hearing that he purchased a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado at a discounted price of P1.5 million which was way below its P4 million actual price.

He also admitted that he accepted P11–million donation from several friends that was spent for the construction of his official residence in Camp Crame.

Morales on Monday said her office started the case build-up and lifestyle check on Purisima in June 2014 after they received an anonymous complaint accusing him of amassing ill-gotten wealth and accepting donations for the construction of his  “White House.”

“The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices is gathering evidence and looking into other possible leads not mentioned in the newspaper article and anonymous complaint,” she added.

Purisima and other PNP officials are also facing investigation for the anomalous P100 million service contract they entered with Werfast.

The complaints alleged that Purisima and other PNP officials siphoned off funds from the mandatory delivery fees paid by gun owners in securing their gun licenses through the PNP-Werfast Memorandum of Agreement on courier delivery of firearms license cards.

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