Purisima's Batangas property not in SALN

by Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 10 2014 09:13 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2014 05:13 AM

CSC: PNP chief violated SALN law

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman has started investigating the alleged unexplained wealth of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima.

ABS-CBN News also found a nearly 10-hectare property in Batangas that Purisima allegedly failed to declare in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs).

The Ombudsman's investigation centers on Purisima's supposedly questionable properties, including a so-called mansion in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija and a luxury vehicle that Purisima got with a huge discount.

But aside from these, it appears the PNP chief also has a nearly 10-hectare property in Batangas.

ABS-CBN News has confirmed with the Registrar of Deeds that Purisima bought a property in Talisay in 2007.

"The total land area is 95,504 square meters/9.5 hectares. From Malabanan et al, title was transferred to Purisima and co., dated May 25, 2007 and were also subdivided by their groups to 11 titles," said Abraham Bermudez of the Registrar of Deeds.

Copies of the 11 land titles were shown to ABS-CBN News. The lots located in Barangay Caloocan, Talisay differ in sizes.

The smallest is 400 square meters while the largest is more than 4.5 hectares.

All titles are under the name of Purisima and a certain Oscarlito Mapalo, a former Army colonel, according to research done by ABS-CBN News.

The deed of sale shows the land, which sits on the boundary of Tagaytay City and overlooks Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, was bought for just P2 million.

The Registrar of Deeds said Purisima sold the property in October 2010 to a certain Mariano Villafuerte III for P4 million.

But the land is still under Purisima's name.

Tax for the property was paid just last month.

But whether Purisima sold the property or not, it was not declared in his SALNs from 2007 to 2009.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) does not have a copy of Purisima's 2010 and 2011 SALNs.

There's also no mention of the Talisay property in the PNP chief's 2012 and 2013 SALNs.

"Hindi mo idineklara. May omission. Labag na kaagad iyon sa RA [Republic Act] 6713 on SALN provision," said CSC Chairman Francisco Duque III.

Purisima's spokesman, Senior Supt. Robert Po, said the PNP chief will answer these issues against him before the Ombudsman. - with ANC