MANILA, Dec 13 (Mabuhay) — Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima will now comply with the preventive suspension order issued against him by the Office of the Ombudsman, after President Benigno Aquino III asked him to do so.
PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said, “Yes, he will comply. Pangulo na ‘yan e.”
Earlier, Aquino said the allegations against Purisima have yet to be proven but added that the Ombudsman’s processes needed to be followed.
“Now, did he knowingly commit this grievous error? Iyon ang kailangang ma-prove. But at the same time, having said that, [if] the Ombudsman feels that he has to be preventively suspended, then he has to comply and he has been told to do so,” Aquino said.
Asked about Purisima’s continued stay at the official residence of the PNP chief inside Camp Crame and a possible conflict with PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, Aquino said: “No, [Purisima] is not supposed to be leading.”
However, Mayor said as of Friday, Purisima remains at his quarters, dubbed as White House, inside Camp Crame.
The Office of the Ombudsman ordered a six-month preventive suspension on Purisima over an allegedly questionable contract the PNP entered into with a courier service in 2011, to make sure he would not influence the outcome of the investigation into the deal.
The complaint that triggered the Ombudsman probe on Purisima and the other officials alleged that the respondents entered into a contract with courier service WERFAST Documentary Agency in 2011 for the delivery of firearms license cards even without proper accreditation.
In a press statement issued on Sunday, Purisima denied any involvement in entering a contract with WERFAST.
He said the contract between the PNP and WERFAST was executed on May 25, 2011, or more than a year before he was appointed by Aquino as the chief of the PNP on December 18, 2012.
On Friday, Sen. Miriam Santiago said Purisima should vacate the White House – the PNP chief’s official residence in Camp Crame – out of delicadeza.
“Hindi siya dapat doon mag-stay kasi all of these are inherent with the position,” Santiago said.
Purisima’s camp has asked the Court of Appeals last Wednesday to stop his preventive suspension. His camp added he would not honor the suspension order, claiming it was illegal.
Roxas, however, said Espina was now the one in charge.
“We gave that guidance in the leadership meeting na there ought not to be, dapat walang interruption, pagdadalawang-isip, pagdududa-duda sa pagpapatupad ng mga orders mula sa national headquarters,” Roxas said. (MNS)