CA affirms Purisima's dismissal

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2017 07:48 AM

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

MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed former national police chief Alan Purisima's dismissal from government.

In a 37-page decision dated May 12, 2017 by its Special 16th Division, the appellate court, through Associate Justice Ramon Cruz, junked Purisima's petition for review, and affirmed his dismissal by the Office of the Ombudsman in June 2015.

Purisima was dismissed due to the a supposedly anomalous deal he made with private courier service firm WERFAST Documentary Agency.

The anti-graft body had found Purisima and several others guilty of grave abuse of authority, grave misconduct, and serious dishonesty.

In ordering the dismissal of Purisima and company, the Ombudsman said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and WERFAST entered the deal for the courier delivery system for renewal of firearms and licenses "without the proper procurement, accreditation and qualification process."

The Ombudsman said WERFAST was not a registered corporation when it entered into a memorandum of agreement with the PNP in May 2011.

Purisima was chief of directorial staff of the PNP Civil Security Group (CSG) at the time the deal was inked. He signed the memorandum in February 2013, accrediting WERFAST to deliver license cards.

"[P]etitioner was complicit in making it appear that Werfast Documentation Agency Inc. is a qualified courier service provider of PNP and that its appointment as the sole courier service provider of PNP is relation to applications/renewal of firearm licenses proceeded in accordance with the law, rules and regulations," the CA decision read.

"By failing to prevent irregularities which are all too obvious to ignore or to take immediate steps to rectify the same, petitioner had tolerated the same and allowed it to wreak havoc on the delivery of services to the public," it added

The case stemmed from 2 separate complaints filed by a private citizen, Glenn Gerard Ricafranca, and the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices' Fact-Finding Investigation Bureau.

Prior to Ombudsman's investigation, PNP received a deluge of complaints about delayed or non-existent deliveries.

Aside from Purisima, the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of the following officers:

- Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, former police chief of Central Luzon;
- Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles;
- Senior Superintendent Allan Parreño;
- Senior Superintendent Eduardo Acierto;
- Senior Superintendent Melchor Reyes;
- Superintendent Lenbell Fabia;
- Chief Inspector Sonia Calixto;
- Chief Inspector Nelson Bautista;
- Chief Inspector Ricardo Zapata Jr.; and
- Senior Inspector Ford Tuazon.

Petrasanta, Bautista, Zapata, Acierto and Parreño were earlier cleared and ordered reinstated by the CA.