PNP Chief Purisima should live up to his name and go on leave

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MOST pure is what “purisima” means.

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Chief of the Philippine National Police Alan Purisima should live up to his name and go on administrative leave. Senator Grace Poe suggested this yesterday at the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the proposed 2015 budget for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of which the PNP is a bureau.

Chief Purisima’s going on leave, said Senator Poe, would send a good message and kill suspicions that Purisima might influence the investigation into the top policeman’s allegedly hidden and unexplained wealth.

Senator Poe said Mr. Purisima’s noble act of going on leave would help save the PNP as an institution (PNP) itself “in terms of the morale of the police officers. So I hope that at the very least, without saying that anybody is guilty, administrative leave will send a good message.” She added that going on leave would also allow the PNP chief to focus on defending himself against the two plunder suits he is facing at the Ombudsman.

A plunder complaint can only be filed if the amount in the alleged corrupt transaction is at least P50 million.

One of the suits, filed last April, is about a questionable contract he approved three years ago between the PNP and a private courier service company, WerFast Documentary Agency. Named as Purisima’s co-respondent in this complaint is Firearms and Explosives Office head Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles.

The second case, filed by the Coalition of Filipino Consumers (CFC) on September 22, alleges that Chief Purisima wrote misdeclarations in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) to hide his true wealth.

Senator Poe chairs the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs. She expects Chief Purisima to attend the committee’s coming hearing during which he will be asked about controversies surrounding him and the PNP, such as why there is a nationwide surge of crime, many of which involve drug-ring rivalries and police officers engaged in kidnapping and hold-ups.

Senator Poe took the opportunity at the Finance Committee budget hearing to request Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas, who has some oversight powers over the PNP, to make a firm recommendation to President Benigno S. Aquino to advice the PNP chief to go on leave.

Secretary Roxas said the matter of Chief Purisima was a very sensitive issue that only the President should tackle himself when he comes back from the United States.

We can predict what President Aquino would say about Senator Poe’s suggestion.

The President, speaking in the US on Tuesday (yesterday Wednesday Manila time) to reporters for Philippine media defended Chief Purisima from allegations of corruption. He said he had known Purisima since 1987 when the PNP chief was still part of the Presidential Security Group under his mother, the late president Corazon Aquino.

The President was seen on nationwide TV here in the Philippines standing by the PNP head. In Tagalog he said, “I have never seen this man [Purisima] to live luxuriously or to be greedy.” Purisima was protecting the young Benigno S. Aquino 3rd when his convoy was ambushed in a failed coup attempt against his mother in 1987.

Without preempting the Ombudsman about whether the complaints against Chief Purisima should be brought to the Sandiganbayan for trial, we agree with Senator Poe that Mr. Purisima should go on administrative leave.

It would be a mark of Mr. Purisima’s high sense of honor and delicadeza. It would also be a rare act that will show that at last someone really close to President Aquino truly and sincerely believes in the “Tuwid na Daan” slogan.

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  1. mr clean, dahil bulag ka at binggi ka sa sinasabi ng mga boss mo, kung may Konsensya
    kapa kahit kunti, KARMA sayo ang nangyari kay PULISAMA. Kahit sabihin mong
    hindi corrupt si Pulisama ang tignan mo ang malaking kasalanan niya sa SALN
    niya. Kung ihahambing mo kay CJ Corona impeachment na ipinilit mo maguilty
    dahil hindi daw nailista ang dollar account niya sa SALN, hindi bat hindi rin
    inilista ni PULISAMA ang tamang HALAGA AT ADDRESS NG MGA ARIARIAN
    NIYA. na dahil malinaw ang kaniyang kasalanan, na hawig na hawig sa inakusa
    kay Corona, dahil ikaw ang kumander in chief ikaw at hindi si Pulisama ang
    magdidisisyon kung dapat na siya ibakasyon at iretiro. Pag ibinato mo sa
    kaniya litaw na litaw na hindi patas ang hustisya na pinaiiral ng abnoy government
    pag dating sa KAAWAY mo at ka KKK.
    Napaka Linaw din na may conflict of interest na kasosyo ang anak niya sa
    courier na ninumbrahan at kinontrata ng PNP para exclusibong maghatid ng
    lahat ng lisensiya ng baril, at sangkot din bilang may ari ng kumpaniyang nag
    sasagawa ng psychiatric o neuro test ang anak niya na siya mismong
    pumipirma sa evaluation result. Ano pa ihihirit mo P.abnoy. sige lang
    abugaduhan mo nalang ang bata mo. At sabihan mo na si PULISAMA NA
    HUMANAP NA RIN NG DONOR O BIGYAN MO NG DAP FUND
    PARA ISAAYOS ANG KULUNGAN SA LOOB NG CRAME PARA sa
    pagkukulungan ninyo pag baba mo.

  2. jose hernani m. parco on

    really? why should he? he enjoys the protection of his master! and if he is construed as corrupt, well why should he be different? politicians are just as filthy as he is!

  3. Do you think President BS Aquino will approve his going on leave?
    Tell that to the Marines.
    The President will surely say – NO. The President did this to “Sick”cretary aBAD.
    He refused to let “sick”cretary aBAD. to resign.
    Why? who will continue his DAP if abad will go.
    WITHOUT THE “dap:, THE PRESIDENT IS HANDCUFFed – which means no more
    power to the “tong”gressman and the sena”tongs”.