PHILIPPINE National Police Director Gen. Alan Purisima is facing a P100-million plunder and graft complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the controversial firearm license courier service commissioned by the police.
Private citizen Glenn Gerard Ricafranca from Legazpi City filed the case on April 16. He claimed that the contract between the PNP and Wer Fast Documentary Agency for the delivery of firearms licenses to gun owners was anomalous.
Also named respondents in the plunder charge are Wer Fast and Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, head of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO).
In his complaint-affidavit, Ricafranca said that sometime in March 2014, he thought of buying a handgun for protection.
He inquired with the PNP regarding license and registration and learned that firearm license cards were now being mandatorily delivered to eaåch licensee through Wer Fast Documentary Agency.
Ricafranca said he found out that in May 2011, Estilles and Wer Fast entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the delivery of gun license cards.
He said the agreement was signed in May 2011 but Wer Fast was issued a certificate of incorporation by the Securities and Exchange Commission only on August 10, 2011, which means that Wer Fast had no juridical personality to enter into the agreement.
Ricafranca claimed that Wer Fast is not a courier delivery service authorized by the Department of Transportation and Communication, but one of the courier agency’s incorporators is Mario Juan, who is a “kumpadre” of Purisima, while Enrique Valerio, who represented the PNP in the MOA, is a classmate and best friend of Purisima.
The complainant added that retired Police Gen. Ireneo Bacolod, a high ranking officer of Wer Fast, used to head the PNP Civil Security Group, the unit which has administrative supervision over the FEO. Bacolod was also the former boss of Purisima.
Ricafranca added that the PNP FEO has been receiving complaints from applicants over delay in the delivery or non-delivery of firearm license cards and no receipts were issued.
Other applicants complained that it took up to three months before the gun licenses were delivered to them.
Moreover, when the package is received by a gun owner, the courier name indicated is LBC and not Wer Fast. The complainant said LBC charges only P90 per package while Wer Fast charges P190 per package.
He said the difference of P100 in the delivery charge would unduly benefit Wer Fast by as much as P100 million based on the more or less one million firearm owners in the country.
Last April 8, the Supreme Court en banc issued a temporary restraining order stopping the PNP from “utilizing any courier services for deliveries of approved firearms license cards.”
Ricafranca said in his complaint that “it is clear that Wer Fast was getting undue favors from the PNP under the leadership of respondent Dir. Gen. Purisima without regard to the expenses and inconvenience it will cause to every citizen who lawfully owns or will own firearms.”
Purisima is charged with grave abuse of authority and conduct unbecoming a government official under Republic Act 6713; violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; plunder under Republic Act 7080; and violation of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.