Ombudsman forfeits ex-PNP chief’s assets

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The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of a petition before the Sandiganbayan to seek the recovery of the alleged unexplained wealth of former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and his family.

In a 51-page consolidated resolution approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on July 4, the office ordered that forfeiture proceedings be initiated against Purisima, his wife Ma. Ramona and sons Rainier Van Albert, Eumir Von Andrei, Alan Jr. and Jason Arvi. Prosecutors said the respondents accumulated unexplained wealth totaling P29,292,459.92.

The Ombudsman also ordered Purisima’s dismissal after it found him administratively liable for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and acquisition of unexplained wealth. The penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to his salary for one year.

It also ordered the filing of perjury charges against Purisima for alleged willful and deliberate failure to disclose in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth for 2006 to 2014 three properties in Aulo, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija; residential land in San Vicente, Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija; agricultural land in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur and four firearms.


Under the rules, the respondents can still file a motion for reconsideration.

According to a statement issued by the Ombudsman on Thursday, the combined lawful earnings of Purisima and his wife from 2000 to 2014 totaled P15,933,152.28.

Purisima declared business interests and financial connections with RAS Construction from 2000 to 2006 as partner; I@Link Computer Center from 2002 to 2006 as proprietor; Aliakbar Hauling and Trucking Services from 2008 to 2014; and EALRAJ Corporation, a family-owned general merchandising firm, from 2012 to 2014.
His net worth for 2014 was P16,762,948.85, according to Ombudsman investigators.

But the Ombudsman found that Purisima had other properties and business investments under his name and/or that of his wife or sons. It also The Purisimas also made “frequent” trips abroad from 2001 to 2014.

It said in the consolidated resolution that “[s]aid travels show that they lived a lavish lifestyle which is not commensurate with their declared earnings and financial resources.”

According to the Ombudsman, Purisima had 19 foreign trips, Ramona had 19 trips abroad, Rainier, 10; Eumir, four; Alan Jr., five, and Jayson, seven.

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