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Ombudsman Orders Suspension of PNP Chief Purisima

The Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday ordered the preventive suspension of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and several other police officers.

Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan announced Purisima’s suspension at a press briefing.

Rafanan said Purisima was suspended over the alleged anomalous contract the PNP entered into with courier service WERFAST Documentary Agency in 2011 for the delivery of firearms license cards.

According to the Fact-Finding Investigation Bureau of the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices (FFIB-MOLEO), the contract between the PNP and WERFAST was inked prior to the company’s accreditation.

Besides the PNP chief, several other officers will serve six-month suspension without pay pending administrative investigation. These are Police Director Gil Meneses, former chief of the Civil Security Group (CSG); and former officials of the PNP Firearms Explosive Office, namely P/C Supt. Raul Petrasanta, P/C Supt. Napoleon Estilles, P/SSupt. Allan Pareno, P/SSupt. Eduardo Acierto, P/SSupt. Melchor Reyes, P/SSupt. Lenbell Fabia, P/Supt. Sonia Calixto, P/CInsp. Nelson Bautista, P/SInsp. Ford Tuazon, and P/CInsp. Ricardo Zapata.

Purisima also faces two plunder complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman over his alleged hidden wealth.