Purisima arrested at NAIA 3, posts bail

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Saturday, 21 May 2016 - Last Updated on February 5, 2017

Sacked Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima was arrested Friday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 over an anomalous courier service contract for firearms licenses.

Members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) served the arrest warrant against Purisima upon his arrival at the airport from Butuan City.

Purisima posted bail worth P30,000 within the day after authorities brought him directly from the airport to Sandiganbayan’s sixth division in Quezon City where he was booked.

CNN Philippines reported that Purisima submitted his own photograph in lieu of a mugshot. Arraignment on his case has been set on June 20.

The former PNP chief was implicated in the graft case on the contract between PNP and courier service Werfast Documentary Agency in 2011 for firearms licenses.

On Thursday, the anti-graft court’s sixth division ordered the arrest of Purisima and 10 co-accused over the courier service deal, which was alleged to be overpriced by around P200 per delivery.

Purisima’s co-accused are Napoleon Estilles, Gil Meneses, Allan Parreño, Melchor Reyes, Ford Tuazon, Salud Bautista, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Parena, Mario Juan and Juliana Pasia. Six of his co-accused posted bail last week.

Aside from graft charges, Purisima is also facing usurpation of official function charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for his involvement in the tragic Mamasapano operation despite being under preventive suspension. Forty-four commandos of the PNP-Specia Action Force (SAF) were killed in the encounter with Moro rebels in January 2015.

Some groups have criticized President Aquino for defending Purisima’s active involvement in the high-profile counter-terror mission.

Purisima was placed under preventive suspension in December 2014 by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales in relation to the graft charges against him.

 

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