Punisima, wife and 5 children to repay P29.2 million. Ombudsman orders recovery of unexplained assets.Other allegations too.

Punisima, wife and 5 children to repay P29.2 million.

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The Philippine anti-graft watchdog might be slow in reacting but it is not sleeping. Furthermore, it is a well known fact that politics does play a part in their functioning.

Now, the Ombudsman has ordered the forfeiture of properties worth 29.2 million pesos 29.2 m (576608 USD) from a former policeman.

Allan Purisima was the national police chief of the Philippines from December 2012 to February 2015. He and his family members have been ordered by the Ombudsman to pay the amount forthwith for accumulating wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.

The Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales instructed the authorities last Tuesday through a resolution. Punisima and his wife and their 5 children will face the recovery proceedings. The Sandiganbayan court will hold the proceedings shortly.

Allan Purisima was the handpicked choice of President Benigno Aquino III December 2012 to February 2015. As the head of PNP he misused his official position to amass unexplained wealth.

Consequently, Carpio-Morales ordered the recovery of the unexplained wealth accumulated by Purisima, his wife Ma Ramona Lydia Purisima, sons Rainier Van Albert, Eumir Von Andrei, Alan, Jr. and Jason Arvi.

Moreover, the Ombudsman also ordered the filing of cases for nine counts of Perjury against General Purisima for wilfully and deliberately failing to disclose all of his properties in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 2006 to 2014,” a statement issued by the anti-graft watchdog office said.

As per service conduct rules, all government officials are required to annually declare their movable and immovable property.

But, they failed to declare the following properties:
• 11 parcels of land in Talisay, Batangas;
• Personal properties consisting of firearms acquired from 2010 to 2014;
• Land in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur;
• Residential land in Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija;
• A farm estate in Aulo, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

In addition, a parallel administrative case filed against Purisima proved that he was guilty of:
 Serious dishonesty,
 Grave misconduct, and
 Acquisition of assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Consequently, the result was that he was ordered dismissed from the service. The investigations by the Ombudsman revealed that the unexplained portion of their wealth was a minimum of P29.2 million.

Therefore, the Ombudsman ordered recovery for the properties revealed as obviously obtained through graft. Purisima, who saved Aquino’s life before he became President, was close to the President.

The attempted coup against Aquino’s mother, President Corazon Aquino, took place in 1989. A group attacked the Presidential palace in an unsuccessful bid to overthrow President Corazon Aquino from power.
Punisima, a junior officer then, rose to the post of PNP chief.

However, the law soon caught up with his dishonest activities. Punisima was involved with a courier company Werfast. He exerted his influence to get a license for delivering gun permits.

His role in leaking sensitive information in the Mamasapano Incident in 2015 was quite deplorable. Zulfikli Bin Hir in the municipality of Mamasapano in Maguindanao, Central Mindanao was a bomb-maker.

Punisima leaked the information about the impending raid. Therefore, 44 police commandos under the Special Action Force (SAF) lost their lives. Moreover, Punisima was no more in service
The sad part is that there was so much secrecy that even the AFP was not aware of it.

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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Friday, July 07, 2017