Graft, estafa charges filed against pnp chief
LESS than a week after he was suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman over an allegedly anomalous courier contract with a private company, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima was slapped with more criminal charges on Tuesday, this time over his allegedly questionable acquisition of a 9.5-hectare property in Batangas province.
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and a private complainant filed the complaint on Tuesday before the Office of the Ombudsman against Purisima and his wife Ramona.
Complainant Jose Teddie del Rosario asked the Ombudsman to file charges against the PNP chief for violation of the Anti-Graft Law, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and estafa through falsification of public documents.
He said administrative charges should also be slapped against Purisima for dishonesty and grave misconduct.
VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez told reporters that del Rosario sought help from his group to execute an affidavit and submit it to the anti-graft office because he feared for his life.
Del Rosario is one of the attorneys-in-fact of the surviving heirs of Crisanta Malabanan, who owned the 95,504 square meters of land in Barangay Caloocan, Talisay in Batangas.
“We accidentally discovered that the said parcel of land has been illicitly, illegally and unlawfully transferred, registered and subdivided on May 25, 2007 by and under the names Alan La Madrid Purisima and Oscarlito Paulino Mapalo,” del Rosario said in his complaint.
Mapalo, according to Del Rosario, is a retired general.
Del Rosario said the registered owners of the property—Crisanta Malabanan and other surviving heirs, their assigns and/or Attorney-in-Fact—“never sold or transferred the property” to Purisima and Mapalo or to any other person or entity. Neither did they execute any document assigning, selling, ceding or transferring the piece of land to Purisima or to any other person.
“This is a clear case of estafa, falsification of public documents, landgrabbing, among others,” the complainant said.
Attached to the complaint was a tax declaration of real property effective 2007 (which stated the market value of the property as P8.25 million and its assessed value about P495,000).
Purisima and his wife Ramona also did not disclose or include the property in any of their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), del Rosario said, “an evidence that they have illegally, anomalously, irregularly and even criminally acquired and accumulated the property.”
Purisima had denied owning the property in Batangas.
In September, the VACC filed a complaint against Purisima,accusing him of plunder, graft, breach of conduct over construction of the so-called “White House” the funding of which, they alleged, may have come from a private entity and constitutes indirect bribery.
The group also accused Purisima of undervaluing his house and lot in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.
Del Rosario also sought the preventive suspension of Purisima.
On his own
Malacañang also on Tuesday said Purisima, a close friend of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, is on his own.
“He has already made known his intention to avail of the legal remedies that are available to him. So, we will let him deal with his situation as he knows best,” Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
Valte added that Purisima can take whatever legal avenues he wishes, noting that it is “always a choice of the person who is subject of the suspension order whether to go to a higher body to question the suspension or whether to accept it.”
“What he has chosen to do, we will leave it up to him,” she said.
Last week, Purisima was slapped with a six-month suspension without pay by the Office of the Ombudsman for his alleged involvement in the allegedly illegal courier deal with WERFAST Documentary Agency in 2011. The PNP chief had said he will appeal the Ombudsman’s decision suspending him and other PNP officials.
Valte said the President is yet to appoint an officer-in-charge of the PNP.
“They are discussing kung sino ‘yung nagiging OIC ngayon. For the rest of the six months, should any legal actions not be effective, we will have to wait for further instructions,” she said.
Jimenez also welcomed Purisima’s suspension and added that it would be better if the police chief resigned.
“At least e hindi na magagamit ung opisina niya na mang-harass at mabura siguro mga ebidensiya and I think it’s better for him to resign and focus on these complaints,” he told reporters.