The counsel of private citizen Glen Gerard Ricafranca who filed plunder charges against Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to look into the the PNP’s alleged P100-million contract with a private courier firm that they said could be just the tip of an iceberg of bigger anomalies.
Ricafranca counsel Coeli Fiel said there was solid evidence that the PNP chief entered into a questionable contract involving gun licensing, which is considered the agency’s frontline service.
Fiel said Aquino should be true to his advocacy of “Daang Matuwid” and set a probe into the case.
“There should be no favoritism here. If President Aquino is a true advocate of transparency and good governance, then nobody should be exempted,” said Fiel in a telephone interview.
She said the gun licensing is one of the frontline services of the government that is similar to the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) issuance of passports and other documents.
“The applicants are being overcharged by the PNP because it has entered into a contract with a company that is not even qualified to perform the service.”
Ricafranca on April 16 filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against Purisima and two other police officials for entering into an alleged anomalous contract with Wer Fast Documentary Agency, Inc. (Werfast) in 2011.
He argued that Werfast obtained a certificate of incorporation from the Securities and Exchange Commission only on August 10, 2011 but the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the PNP was signed in May 2011 without any public bidding.
Ricafranca also alleged that a certain Mario Juan, one of the courier agency’s incorporators, was a “kumpadre” of Purisima, while Enrique Valerio, who represented the PNP in the MOA, was the best friend of Purisima.