FORMER Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima got a tongue lashing from Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday for meddling in the operation to capture terrorists despite his suspension by the Sandiganbayan.
The feisty senator said Purisima overstepped his limits when he participated in the pre-mission briefings of Oplan Exodus and gave the Special Action Force commander Getulio Napeñas instructions to keep the operation secret from Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and acting PNP chief Leonardo Espina.
Santiago cited the 2009 case of Aldovino vs. Comelec, (609 SCRA 234), wherein the Supreme Court held that “in all cases of preventive suspension, the suspended official is barred from performing the functions of his office.”
“Thus, it appears that by participating in secret discussions, you have violated the terms of your preventive suspension,” Santiago told Purisima.
“Bakit salita ka nang salita, di ka na lang nanahimik sa estate mo sa Nueva Ecija, 44 na tao ang namatay at nakasali ka doon. Kundi ka nakisali doon, siguro buhay pa sila (why do you keep on talking, you should have stayed at your estate in Nueva Ecija. 44 individuals have been killed and you are involved. If it wasn’t for your meddling, perhaps they would still be alive,” the senator fumed.
But Purisima denied any direct involvement in the implementation of Oplan Exodus, saying he delegated control of the operation since his suspension in December.
But Santiago brushed off the former police official’s explanation.
“Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? You delegated the responsibility but you did not delegate the responsibility. You should hear yourself talk, that will not work for me,” Santiago said. Jefferson Antiporda