• ‘Purisima must go’ if the PNP is to modernize

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    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.

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    4 Comments

    1. Jaime Hernandez on

      From the frying pan to the fire. Purisima’s denials might not work. More & more controversial items are showing up. His properties,his vehicles, his favored associates, etc. are all highly questionable.

    2. It must have not been said but for sure the PNP organization is a demoralized entity. If PNoy will not fire Purisima or this questionable person will not quit or retire, we shall expect worse peace and order to happen until Purisima is out. Simply said what will subalterns do if they see their boss as corrupt? Of course they will also be corrupt themselves.

    3. Eliseo Jr. P.Tenza on

      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.

      Gen. Purisima is not the PNP.He will come and go but PNP will still be there. The modernization plan must be implemented immidiately even if Gen. Purisima is under investigation. Add controls, if it is a must to ensure added deterrent to corruption, but modeernization must go on.

    4. Kawawang purisima!!
      Kung ikukumpara sa mga mambabatas at sa official ng gobyerno, deles lang itong si purisima sa yaman!
      Perot bakit siya Ang ginigisa at hindi itong mga buhaya sa gobyerno ni Aquino!
      Simple ang problema,cover Ito ng DAP ng pangkat ni abad at roxas!
      At warning kay abnoy, na walang ibang mamumuno kung hindi si roxas!-
      Si Aquino ay dummy!-!lang ng grupo ng LP ni Roxas!!