Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered the filing of a petition before the Sandiganbayan to initiate the forfeiture proceedings for the P29.2 million in unexplained wealth allegedly amassed by former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima and his family.
The Ombudsman is urging Purisima, his wife Ramona Lydia and children Rainier, Eumir, Alan Junior and Jason to return their unexplained wealth to the government, as dictated by Republic Act 1379.
According to state investigators, Purisima only received P9.6 million worth of salaries, allowances, and benefits when he served his post as director general with the PNP from 2000 to 2014.
Purisima’s wife, meanwhile, earned P6.4 million as an employee of the AFP Mutual Benefits Association during the same period. The couple received a combined income of 16 million.
Furthermore, Purisima declared business interests and financial connections with RAS Construction from 2000-2006, I@Link Computer Center from 2002 to 2006, Aliakbar Hauling and Trucking Services from 2008 to 2014, and the family owned general merchandising firm EALRAJ Corporation from 2012 to 2014. In 2014, he had a net worth of P16.8 million, according to investigators.
Investigators reported, however, that Purisima failed to declare in his SALN several real estate properties in the towns of Palayan City and Zaragosa in Nueva Ecija; parcels of land in Talisay, Batangas, and San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur; and other personal possessions such as firearms from 2010 to 2014.
The issue on the parcels of land in Palayan City were likewise referred to the Department of Agriculture since these were covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, a program for the redistribution of public and private agricultural lands to landless farmers and farmworkers.
The Ombudsman further noted that the Purisima family had made frequent travels abroad from 2001 to 2014. The former PNP chief had 19 foreign trips, seven of which were “financed from private funds.”
His wife also made 19 trips abroad, Rainier had 10, Jayson had seven trips, Alan Jr. had five, and Eumir had four.
The Ombudsman mentioned that the travels of the Purisima family “show that they lived a lavish lifestyle which is not commensurate with their declared earnings and financial resources.”
According to Morales, Purisima’s income tax return from 2014 to 2013 also revealed that “they are replete with badges of falsity and misdeclaration. The reported income from businesses is not supported by financial statements and taxes withheld and remitted by withholding agents.”
Purisima, however, claimed that the properties registered under his sons were acquired through their own capacity. Morales in return said “there is no sufficient proof that reasonably supports the financial or earning capacity of P/DG Purisima’s children.”
“The inevitable conclusion is that their acquisitions and investments were made possible through the funds of P/DG Purisima himself who failed to account for the sources of these,” Morales said.
“Their (sons’) acquisitions and investments may be added to the forfeitable assets by reason of unexplained wealth,” she added.
Aside from the forfeiture, Morales also wants nine counts of perjury to be charged against Purisima before the Sandiganbayan “for willfully and deliberately failing to disclose all of his properties in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 2006 to 2014.”
Purisima also faced controversies in 2014 over his official residence inside Camp Crame. Initial reports reveal that the refurbishing of his official house amounted to P25 million. Later on, the PNP said it only cost P12 million, which were all donations from Purisima’s friends.
Purisima, a close friend of former President Benigno Aquino III, was tasked to take a lead role in the Mamasapano operation despite being suspended.
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