PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima will no longer question his suspension after he was advised by President Benigno Aquino 3rd to accept it.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said Purisima will obey the Ombudsman.
“Yes, he will comply. That’s the President (talking) already,” Mayor told reporters.
“Bottom line is, there is an order from the Ombudsman, he will have to undergo the processes and one of them is this preventive suspension, and the other aspect is, like any other citizen, he has the right to defend himself,” Aquino had said of Purisima’s situation.
The Ombudsman suspended Purisima and several other PNP officials for six months without pay over its allegedly anomalous courier service contract with Werfast Documentary Agency in 2011.
Purisima is facing a couple of cases at the Office of the Ombudsman — one for allegedly underdeclaring the value of his Nueva Ecija property and another for accepting donations for the construction of his official residence in Camp Crame.
He has also been criticized for accepting a huge discount for a 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser.
Purisima asked the Court of Appeals to stop the implementation of the Ombudsman’s order but the court deferred a ruling on it.
Purisima and the President are good friends, having been assigned with the Presidential Security Group (PSG) when Cory Aquino was president.
PNP Deputy Chief for Operations Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina has taken over as Officer in Charge of the PNP.
During a meeting with the Philippine media delegation in Busan on Friday, where he attended the South Korea-Asean Commemorative Summit, the President said he is looking for a new PNP chief because Espina is retiring soon.
“General Espina will not be in the service that much longer. And General Purisima will reach 56 by 2015. So with or without the issue, we are also searching. We will look at the track record of all contenders,” Aquino said.
Senate President Franklin Drilon earlier urged the President to decide on the fate of Purisima, worrying about the limited powers of an OIC, considering the forthcoming two major events in the Philippines—the Papal visit and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) activities next year.