The Sandiganbayan issues an arrest warrant to against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima. This is line with the graft case filed against him, regarding the alleged anomalous courier deal of the PNP five years ago. Aside from him, five former police officials and five private individuals are to be arrested.
“After judicious scrutiny and evaluation of the [case] Information and resolution of the prosecutor, the evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, the Court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause and the for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against all the accused.” Said the court’s ruling, which was released to media this Thursday, May 19.
In 2011, Purisima accredited Werfast Documentary Agency, Inc. as the courier service provider of the PNP. However, the prosecution found out that the firm was not registered to the Securities and Exchange Commission prior to the PNP deal. Werfast is also not accredited by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
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President Noynoy Aquino appointed Purisima in December 2012, and the two are known to be good friends. Despite the controversy, the president defended him despite the strong call for Purisima’s resignation. In December, 2014, the Ombudsman ordered Purisima’s suspension, along with 11 other police officers. He eventually resigned in February 2015.
Meanwhile, also ordered to be arrested are: Retired Civil Service Security Group chief Gil Meneses, former Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) chief Napoleon Estilles, former FEO assistant chief Allan Parreño, former FEO Education and Enforcement Management Division chief Melchor Reyes, and Servicing Legal Officer Ford Tuazon.
The five private individuals are Salud Bautista, Mario Juan, Lorna Perena, Juliana Pasia and Enrique Valerio. All of them were Werfast incorporators, and are co-accused in Purisima’s graft case. All in all, there are 16 accused individuals. However, six of them have earlier posted bail, and are therefore not to be included in the arrest warrant.