Purisima must set an example and step down – Ang-See

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima should step down and set an example to the members of the PNP, which has been besieged by allegations of being riddled with corruption, the head of a crime watchdog said on Wednesday.

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Teresita Ang-See, founding chairperson of the Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO), said it is clear that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not let go of Purisima, so Purisima must take it upon himself to quit his post to save the PNP from sinking deeper into controversy.

The police force can then be overhauled and transformed, Ang-See said after speaking at a joint meeting of the Rotary Club’s Makati Business District and Makati South.

She said she cannot understand why Purisima is practically doing nothing to stop the spike in crimes, particularly the cases of kidnapping and extortion where the suspects are police officers.

Purisima himself has not been spared of criticism. He is being questioned in the multi-million peso renovation of the “White House,” the official residence of the PNP chief in Camp Crame, and for owning a sprawling resthouse in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.

Ang-See cited the case of Supt. Donato Bait, the Malolos City police chief, who was dismissed after two of his officers were linked to the abduction of a Chinese man. “Why is it that only the Malolos police chief was relieved from his position? How about all the others?” she said.

“So the head has to set an example about the concept of command responsibility…somebody has to set that example because if people under you are erring…how come there is no signal from above that we will not tolerate these,” Ang-See said.

She called for continuity in implementing the PNP’s Transformation Program which she said has been derailed several times.

“The transformation of the police has been the project of all the Chief PNP, but then it gets derailed, it comes back again and derailed again.

There is no continuity in the transformation program,” Ang-See said.

She likened a reorganization to medicine: “You change the ingredients but you do not change the solvent itself. The solution remains the same.”

Ang See recalled a time when the police force had been very effective in fighting crime. “Suddenly there is no manhunt and the kidnap for ransom groups are not being neutralized,” she said.

Sen. Grace Poe is urging Purisima to go on leave while the Office of the Ombudsman investigates the two plunder cases filed against him.

Speaking during the Senate finance committee hearing on the proposed 2015 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday, Poe said taking an administrative leave would send the right message and avoid suspicion that Purisima might influence the investigation.

“I think that the institution (PNP) itself is worth saving 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 said.

The first plunder complaint against Purisima was filed by Gerard Ricafranca on April 16 in connection to the contract between the PNP and the private courier service company, WerFast Documentary Agency. Firearms and Explosives Office head Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles, was also named as respondent in the complaint.

The second was filed on September 22 by Perfecto Tagalog of the Coalition of Filipino Consumers (CFC) who alleged that Purisima misdeclared his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

The focus of Tagalog’s complaint is Purisima’s resthouse in Nueva Ecija which he declared to have a value of P3.75 million.

Purisima is expected to attend the hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs chaired by Poe.

Poe also appealed to DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas, who was at the budget hearing, to recommend to the President that the PNP chief take a leave.

Roxas hesitated, noting that the issue involving Purisima is a very sensitive one and he would rather leave the decision to the President when he returns from the US.

Roxas also avoided issuing statements on the controversies involving Purisima because Purisima was not at the budget hearing to defend himself.

But Poe said she had extended Purisima “so much courtesy already…I feel that it’s unfair to the PNP especially to the others if the topmost person is not even available to defend the institution during the budget hearing or to be able to articulate to us what the institution needs even not for himself, for the people that he is leading.”

She asked Roxas if there is a possibility for him to come up with an order to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to prioritize the lifestyle check on Purisima in order to put an end to all speculations.

Unless the Napolcom came up with its findings on Purisima, the issue regarding his alleged questionable wealth will continue to affect and bring down the institution.

“I think this is something that the Napolcom and Ombudsman can perhaps fast track. I don’t see any reason why the investigation should drag because if it’s the valuation of property I think it’s glaring,” Poe said.

Poe also asked Roxas where the funds to renovate the “White House” came from and if the money were indeed used for the repair.

Roxas said he did not know the details of the renovation, but was later handed a document believed to be a deed of donation concerning the White House.

Based on the document that Roxas read during the hearing, the PNP received a total of P11.4 million from Carlos Gonzales of Ulticon Builders, lawyer Alexander Lopez for Pacific Concrete Corporation and Christopher Pastrano of CAPP Industries.

Poe said she was confused as to why the PNP took more than three months to come up with the document.

When the controversy surfaced last June, Purisima said the White House needed repair because it was damaged by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

The PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Reuben Sindac, had said the funds for the renovation were donated by the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines of which Purisima is the current Grand Master.

The claim was later denied by some members of the Free Masons who said the brotherhood never made any donation to the PNP.

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  1. >>>Senator Grace Poe… DBM Chief Butch Abad had resigned but the sticky (assuming he had) brained President did not accept it. Now Purisima will resign, then what this President will do ? Naturally and precisely as usual, will not accept it.

    >>>The PNP shall reorganize into…..
    1) that PNP shall act as the national police or as called before Philippine Constable. Their main and primary responsibility is the NCR and Region areas keep and protect the internal security and peace of the country against terrorism, crime syndicate,crime organization and rebel organization.

    2) that each city in metro manila and provinces shall have Local Police Forces and shall be bring back under direct control /administrative management and supervision of City Mayors in Metro Manila , while in each provinces – the Governor shall be the Administrative management,and logistics and the City Mayor shall be the operational supervision.

    3) that PNP shall not involve and engage in any external crime or atrocities that may occur , maintain the country security and peace order against external or foreign intruders, smugglers and rebels which are the responsibility of Armed Forces of the Philippines ( Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guards).

    4) Any active or enlisted PNP, Local Police Forces shall not assign, commission and /or act as security to any incumbent, concurrent, former,retired national or local government officials, businessmen and/or known personalities and religious leaders.

    5) For any foreign embassies, only from PNP (national guard) has to be designated as an escort and embassy guard.

    6) NAPOLCOM shall be solely responsible as the ombudsman ( independent to current OMBUDSMAN) for PNP and Local Police Forces.

  2. Si Purisima ay hindi mag-re resign.
    Bakit?
    In case of a coup de etat – who will protect the President?

  3. By not stepping down, Purisima is actually setting an example not only to the members of the PNP, but also the members of PNoy’s cabinet. Bakit, may nag-resign na ba sa kanila? Sila Abad, Soliman, de Lima, Roxas, etc., kapit tuko pa rin sa kanilang mga posisyon!

  4. Sir Chief, sabi ni Pnoy hindi ka daw nya ikaw nakitang kumain ng labis at namuhay ng marangya. Bulag ba sya pagka’t lagi ka binabatikos ni Ted Failon na malki o bundat ang tiyan sa lahat ng naging PNP-Chief , di ba Sir Chief?
    Sir Chief, ipasyal mo nga si Pnoy sa San Leonardo o sa ipasok ang loob ng “white house” sa loob ng Crame na bawal pumasok ang sinoman maski ata si Mar Roxas di pa nakapasok, Sir Chief, imbitahin mo naman sa” WHITE HOUSE “sila Roxas at Pnoy sa inauguration ng White House, DI BA SIR CHIEF?

  5. In the mischievous PNoy administration, there is now an ongoing contest between his cabinet men, key allies and other notable yellows who is the most shameless and “kapal mukha” of them all. The personality who wins will received the biggest reward coming from the tax money of the public. That is why we see all most all cabinet men and key PNoy officials beating each other who is the most shameless, So far the leaders are Abaya, Purisima, Abad and Drillon.

  6. mrs ang see, mukhang malabo ang hiling ninyo, sa ating empleyado,
    mukhang siya na bossing ngayon at tayo ang amuyong lang.
    Nagkataon pa na si hen. purisima pala ay nakakuha ng napakalakas
    na abugado na kahit nasa malayo ay ipinagbabando pa na walang
    kasalanan, idagdag pa ang pananalita ni Lacierda na tila mas
    mataas pa sa kanila si purisima, at di na nila kayang pilitin kahit mag-
    bakasyon man lang eh. Gayong yung pinalitan ni purisima heneral,
    personal pang tiinawagan ni penoy at sapilitang napagretiro, eh-
    komo nga comm. and chief ang nagsabi walang nagawa ang pobre
    kundi magretiro kahit may isang taon pa sa term niya bilang CPNP
    Talaga atang napakalakas nitong si Purisima akalain mong napaba-
    ligtad niya ang mundo ni Penoy pagdating sa kaniya lumalabas
    si purisima pa dapat magpasiya kung babakasyon o hindi, lilisan
    ba o hindi, at kayang kaya kahit senado na hindi siputin, kisehodang
    mangigil si senadora grace. walang pake. Ano kayong bertud
    ni purisima na nakuha niyang abugado ang isang tao na ang pakiwari
    sa sarili ay mas mataas pa ang karunungan pagdating sa batas
    kaysa lahat ng mahistrado sa korte.

  7. mikhail hironymus on

    Pnoy must have a very compelling reason why he is defending Purisima to the hilt! This might be the very essence of what he meant by: “Matuwid na Landas.”