Ombudsman orders forfeiture of Purisima's P29-M 'ill-gotten wealth'

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2017 12:56 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2017 01:35 PM

Dismissed police chief also facing perjury charges for failing to declare properties

MANILA- Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of a P29.3-million forfeiture case against dismissed Philippine National Police Chief Alan Purisima and his family.

In a consolidated resolution released to the public Thursday, the Ombudsman said Purisima's immediate family had "accumulated unexplained acquisitions" amounting to at least P29.3 million during his time in the force.

From 2000 to 2014, the combined lawful earnings of Purisima and his wife, Maria Ramona Lydia, amounted to P15.9 million, but the family managed to spend beyond their declared income to procure properties and travel abroad, the Ombudsman said in the July 4 resolution.

The former police chief is a facing graft case at the Sandiganbayan for an allegedly anomalous firearms license courier service deal with WERFAST Documentary Agency in 2011. This followed his 2015 dismissal by the Ombudsman, which had found him and several other officers guilty of grave abuse of authority, grave misconduct, and serious dishonesty.

JET-SETTING LIFESTYLE

Records from the Bureau of Immigration showed that between 2001 and 2014, Purisima embarked on 12 official trips and seven other foreign travels that "were financed from private funds."

Purisima's wife Ramona left the country 19 times, while their sons also went abroad between four to 10 times in a span of three years.

"The said travels show that they lived a lavish lifestyle which is not commensurate with their declared earnings and financial resources," the Ombudsman said.

UNDECLARED PROPERTIES

The Ombudsman also ordered the filing of nine counts of perjury against Purisima for failing to disclose all of his properties in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) from 2006 to 2014.

The former police chief allegedly failed to disclose real estate properties in Palayan City, a residential land in Nueva Ecija, 11 parcels of land in Batangas, land in Ilocos Sur, and personal properties consisting of firearms acquired from 2010 to 2014, the Ombudsman said.

Purisima earlier said the properties were registered under the name of his sons who were "gainfully employed", but the Ombudsman said there was "no sufficient proof that reasonably supports the financial or earning capacity" of Purisima’s sons Rainier Van Albert, Eumir Von Andrei, Alan Jr., and Jason Arvi.

The "inevitable conclusion," said the Ombudsman, is that "their acquisitions and investments were made possible through the funds of former police chief Purisima himself who failed to account for the sources of these."