• Purisima’s SALN incomplete, untruthful – crime watchdog

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    THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Wednesday claimed that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima did not include in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) a 200- hectare property in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, making the document he submitted “incomplete and untruthful.”

    In a supplemental affidavit group filed at the Office of the Ombudsman, the group claimed that Purisima also undervalued a Toyota Land Cruiser, a condominium unit in Cubao, and his house and lot in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.

    The VACC earlier charged Purisima with plunder, graft, violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees, indirect bribery. It also filed an administrative complaint, accusing the police chief of dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

    The group called on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to place Purisima under preventive suspension to stop him from influencing and intimidating potential witnesses.

    “The claim of respondent that he acquired the Toyota Land Cruiser [Prado] in the amount of P1.5 million with a discount of almost 70 percent or about P3 million is tantamount to receiving a gift and is covered by indirect bribery,” the group alleged.

    Based on Purisima’s 2013 SALN, the fair market value of his Cubao property is P3 million and the San Leonardo property, P3.7 million. The PNP chief placed his net worth at P6.56 million.

    The VACC reiterated that Purisima’s son Rainier Von should be probed to determine how he acquired six alleged ventilated/mechanized poultry farms “worth more than P90 million,” also in Nueva Ecija.

    The group said Rainier Von could have been used as a dummy because he has no means to acquire the properties.

    Persons who allegedly donated the construction materials used by Purisima in the repair and makeover of his official residence in Camp Crame, as well as officials of the Assessor’s Office in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija should also be investigated and charged for allegedly undervaluing the assessed value of the police official’s property.

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