Purisima resigns

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PNP chief Purisima

PNP chief Purisima

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has decided to let go of one of his most trusted lieutenants, suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima, who resigned over a bungled police operation in Maguindanao where 44 elite Special Action Force (SAF) commandos died.

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While Malacañang is yet to make an official announcement about the resignation, various sources confirmed Purisima’s quitting, saying Aquino made the disclosure during a meeting with some Cabinet officials on Thursday.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a news briefing, fended off questions about the issue, stressing that he had no information regarding the matter.But Coloma said Purisima has not been functioning “in the position to which he has been appointed” because of the suspension order on him given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government upon recommendation by the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Palace official also clarified that he could not ascertain whether or not Purisima still enjoys the trust and confidence of the president in the wake of a number of controversies where he got embroiled in, the latest of which was the Mamasapano carnage.

Purisima was suspended on December 4, 2014 over graft charges.

Aquino earlier admitted on national TV that the plan to arrest suspected terrorists in Mamasapano town was plotted by Purisima.

Senate President Franklin Drilon urged Aquino to immediately appoint a new PNP chief.

“This is the first step that will restore the morale of our personnel in the PNP which has been greatly affected by the recent turn of unfortunate events,” Drilon said, referring to the bloody clash between members of the Special Action Forces (SAF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that left 44 elite commandos dead.

The Senate President emphasized the need for the immediate appointment of a new police chief in order to bring back the morale of policemen.

Even if Purisima has resigned, Drilon said he should cooperate with all the investigating bodies that are tasked to uncover the truth in the Mamasapano encounter.

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13 Comments

  1. Roldan Guerrero on

    We expect that the next thing to happen is PNOY should resign next! Every body knows why….

  2. Okay, this monster and close friend of monster BS Aquino, has resigned. But please, God, don’t let him get away from his accountabilitty together with his BOSS AQUINO, for the massacre of our PNP-SAFF 44 Heroes.

  3. Purisima’s decision to resign as Chief PNP is actually a good thing. If Purisima returns as Chief PNP after his suspension, he will not be an effective leader at the helm because of the many unanswered questions in the minds of his men and women about the SAF 44 massacre.

    Just like what General Espina, the PNP has to move on while still grieving to protect and serve the people!

    God bless our Cops!

  4. LET MIRIAM DEFENSOR RUN THE COUNTRY – SHE IS THE LION QUEEN – P-noy – PURISIMA – BINAY – ENRILE – ROXAS – LET THEM PLAY HIDE AND SEEK INSIDE THE PALACE.

  5. Senator Saguisag, I fully agree with you when you said, “I am against Veep Jojobama Binay’s suggestion that the IBP probe the tragedy; it has shockingly prejudged “the brutal murder of the 44 police officers of the PNPSAF.” PDI, Feb. 3, 2015, p. A7, col. 3. Any IBP probe would be tailored to suit this appalling and shameful premature ejaculation.” Binay is taking advanae of th situation to promote his own personal plitial and economical goals. Remember that Binay and the IBP are one and the IBP promotes the personal ambitions of Binay. There will be no objective probe by the IBP. Who knows, it might be Binay who is also behind the massacre in order for him to become the president where at this time Binay has no chances in the 2016 elections. Binay will also be behind any planned coup d tat.

  6. The Purisima resignation ought to be watched. It is a calculated , shrewd move to deflect the rage of the people who want the head of the Abnoy. The palace gives Purisima’s head instead to placate the people demanding the stepping down of the abnoy. We better watch how this card is going to be played. Already, there are palace sources (like Coloma) denying this.

  7. Poorisima will not answer the Senate question claiming his right not to implicate himself.

    Waste if time, Where is Poorispima?