Purisima posts bail for graft, usurpation raps

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 30 2017 12:42 PM

Nearly a week after his indictment, former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima arrived at the Sandiganbayan Monday to face his cases over the botched Mamasapano operations.

He voluntarily surrendered and posted P20,000 bail even before the anti-graft court issued a warrant of arrest.

The sacked police chief was charged with graft and usurpation of official functions last January 24 for performing functions of a PNP Chief in the mission planning and supervision of Oplan Exodus while suspended.

Former SAF director Getulio Napeñas was also charged the same for following orders from Purisima, bypassing then OIC-PNP Chief Deputy Director Leonardo Espina and DILG secretary Mar Roxas.

Purisima remained mum on the prosecution's accusations that he influenced Napeñas into violating the PNP chain of command, and into disregarding the suspension and cease and desist orders against him.

Philippine National Police Chief Alan L.M. Purisima. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Purisima also refused to comment on former President Benigno Aquino III's defense on his participation in Oplan Exodus while under suspension.

His lawyer said discussing these issues would be sub judice, a term which refers to matters under judicial consideration, and are therefore not to be discussed publicly.

Meanwhile, Napeñas has yet to post bail for his cases.

Aside from raps in connection to the Mamasapano operations, Purisima faces graft cases over an alleged illegal firearms license delivery service contract.