Sandigan allows Alan Purisima's US trip

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2016 11:51 AM

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

MANILA - Sandiganbayan has granted former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima's request to travel to the United States.

The anti-graft court said Purisima may leave the Philippines for the United States on September 5, 2016 and should return on or before September 27, 2016.

Sandiganbayan also said Purisima's trip is only limited to the US.

Purisima earlier told the court that his family plans to travel to California to visit his son, Jason Arvi Purisima, who is studying at the Culinary Institute of America.

Purisima already posted a P30,000 travel bond to "guarantee his faithful compliance with the terms and conditions" imposed by the court.

"Any material misrepresentation in [Purisima's] Motion to Travel Abroad shall be punished as contempt of this Court and shall be dealt with accordingly," the Sandiganbayan stated.

In case Purisima fails to return and to appear in the scheduled proceedings, the Sandiganbayan will waive his presence at the hearings and issue an arrest warrant.

The former police chief has a standing hold departure order (HDO) for his graft charge over 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.