Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima is jeopardizing the passage of a measure that aims to modernize the police institution because unless he steps down, Congress may not pass the legislation, a lawmaker said on Wednesday.
In a television interview aired over ABS-CBN, Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd insisted that Purisima should retire early so that his “abuses” will stop.
Osmeña is convinced that Purisima lied about the assets that he declared in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). In his 2013 SALN, the PNP chief listed a net worth of P17.2 million and liability of P10.7 million.
But Osmeña noted that Purisima owns a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser and a Toyota Alphard. He said the two vehicles are worth more than P6.5 million.
“And we have not included his house, his mansion in Nueva Ecija,” the senator added.
During the Senate hearing on Tuesday, Purisima told the members of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs that he only paid P1.5 for his Land Cruiser because the dealer gave him a huge discount.
But members of the panel found Purisima’s claim hard to believe.
Osmeña said because of the many controversies involving Purisima, lawmakers may delay the passage of Senate Bill 2363 or the Philippine National Police Reorganization and Modernization Act of 2014.
The bill seeks to modernize the PNP particularly on key areas such as Organizational Development; Manpower Build-up and Training Development; Manual and Doctrine Development; Infrastructure Development; Equipment Acquisition and Modernization; and Financial Development.
Sen. Grace Poe, author of the proposed law, said the bill would provide necessary funding support for PNP projects geared toward the betterment of its personnel and modernization of its facilities and equipment.
Meanwhile, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said Purisima’s admission that three donors helped in the construction of the so-called PNP White House strengthens the bribery complaint filed by the group against the PNP chief at the Office of the Ombudsman.
Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the VACC, said Purisima made the admission under oath.
“Purisima clearly violated the law regarding donations and we expect that the Office of the Ombudsman will find our complaint against the PNP chief valid,” he added.
The VACC is also planning to file an addendum to their complaint to ask the Ombudsman to also investigate the three individuals who gave P11 million worth of donations for the construction of Purisima’s residence in Camp Crame, the PNP national headquarters in Quezon City.
The group wants the Ombudsman to investigate the donors —Carlos Gonzales of ULTICON Builders, lawyer Alexander Lopez of Pacific Concrete Corp. and Christopher Pastrana of CAPP Industries.