A few days after Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd ordered a lifestyle check on all personnel of the Philippine National Police, a consumers’ group on Monday filed plunder, graft and indirect bribery charges against PNP chief Alan Purisima before the Office of the Ombudsman.
The complaint stemmed from reports that Purisima owns several prime lots and pieces of property in Metro Manila and various provinces such as a unit at the posh Bellagio Condominium in Makati City.
In a five-page joint complaint affidavit, the Coalition of Filipino Consumers (CFC) represented by its secretary-general, Perfecto Jaime Tagalog, alleged that Purisima grossly undervalued in his 2013 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) the Nueva Ecija property that he jointly owned with his wife Ma. Ramona Lydia. The PNP chief listed the value of the property at P3.750 million.
“It was clearly an act of undervaluation or misdeclaration of value of property in violation of the SALN guidelines,” the complainant said.
“Base nga po sa isang kausap kong arkitekto, baka bakod lang po ang P3.7 million [According to an architect whom I consulted, the fence may already be worth P3.7 million],” Tagalog told reporters after filing the complaint. He refused to give the name of the architect.
The group said Purisima’s property could be worth P30 million to P40 million.
It added that it has requested, along with the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), for the members of media and concerned citizens to inspect Purisima’s extravagant official residence called the “White House” inside Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the PNP in Quezon City.
But the request was allegedly “immediately rejected and refused” by PNP spokesman Theodore Sindac.
The group said Purisima committed an act of indirect bribery since he admitted that the money used for the house’s renovation came from some of his friends and patrons.
“That his admission alone of the fact that he received money from his [Free] Mason brothers as a means or fund for the renovation of the residence of the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief is a clear case of accepting gifts by reason of office and/or position,” CFC stated in its complaint.
When asked about their motives in going after Purisima, Tagalog said they want to cleanse the ranks of the police and that they are not pushing for anyone to replace Purisima.
He then called on Roxas and President Benigno Aquino 3rd to review Purisima’s appointment, claiming the PNP chief was ineffective.