• Purisma told to face plunder charge, stop blaming predecessor

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    Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Gen. Alan Purisima must answer the P100-million plunder charge filed against him before the Office of the Ombudsman instead of blaming his predecessor, former PNP chief Raul Bacalzo.

    This was the advice of taxpayer Glenn Gerard Ricafranca from Legazpi City who filed the plunder case against Purisima, charging that the contract between the PNP and Wer Fast Documentary Agency for the delivery of firearms license to gun owners was anomalous.

    Ricafranca’s lawyer, Coeli Fiel, questioned WerFast’s corporation funds.

    “The most important fact about WerFast is that its authorized capital is only P1 million, the subscribed [part]is only P250,000 and the paid-up capital is only P62,500. How can it guarantee a multi-million peso transaction with the government?” he said.

    Fiel said it would be best that Purisima answer the charges before the Ombudsman.
    She added, “as PNP chief he has command responsibility for the anomalies committed in his office. And yet he publicly defended the Wer Fast deal with the PNP.

    We must not discount the fact that he is close to the Wer Fast boss.”

    PNP information officer, Chief Supt. Theodore Sindac, said Purisima only assumed the position as PNP chief in 2012 while the agreement for the delivery of gun license cards to gun owners in the country was signed in 2011 under Bacalzo.

    The memorandum of agreement between the PNP and WerFast stipulates that Wer Fast was to deliver gun license cards to firearm owners in the country but it charged gun owners a delivery fee of P190.

    In the agreement, delivery of gun licenses is only optional for gun owners but
    Purisima allegedly “institutionalized” it through WerFast.

    However, LBC, the actual courier, charges Wer Fast only P90 per package, which meant that Wer Fast earned P100 million in the delivery of gun license cards to an estimated one million gun owners in the country.

    Fiel said among the incorporators of Wer Fast are close friends of Purisima including Mario San Juan, while the witness to the signing of the agreement was Enrique Valerio, who is Purisima’s classmate and best friend at the Philippine Military Academy.

    The lawyer added that a high-ranking officer of Werfast is former PNP civil security group chief Ireneo Bacolod, who had direct administrative supervision over the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office.

    Bacalzo is also said to be a good friend of Mario Juan.

    Ricafranca said he was firm and will not back out of his complaint against Purisima, saying that he wants to fight corruption in the government, a battlecry of President Benigno Aquino III in his “tuwid na daan” blueprint.

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