Ex-PNP chief seeks permission to travel abroad

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 28 2016 11:35 AM

Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima. Jay Morales, Malacañang Photo

MANILA - Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima has asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to leave the country for a three-week stay in the United States.

In a motion, Purisima told the court that his family plans to travel to the US on September 5 to 27, 2016. They will visit his son, Jason Arvi Purisima, who is studying at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California.

"Section 6, Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that the right of every individual to travel shall not be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety or public health. Accused Purisima humbly submits that his travel abroad does not, in any means, impair the interest of national security, public safety or public health," Purisima's motion read.

The former police chief has a standing hold departure order (HDO) for his graft charge over the PNP's allegedly anomalous gun license delivery service contract in 2011.

The HDO allows an accused to travel abroad upon securing permission from the court.