Dec 082014
Another case is set to be filed against suspended Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima, this time over his alleged 9.5-hectare property in Talisay, Batangas.

In a phone patch interview with radio DZBB, Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman and president Dante Jimenez said their group is set to file illegal possession of land complaint against Purisima before the Office of the Ombudsman at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

“Kamakailan ay humingi ng tulong sa ‘min yung tunay na may-ari ng lupa, si Mr. Montano Malabanan. Gusto niyang mapaimbestigahan sa Ombudsman kung paanong napunta kay Mr. Purisima ang TCT (transfer of certificate of title) ng lupang ito. So we are going to file this complaint on his behalf,” Jimenez said.

Purisima has a pending plunder, bribery and graft complaint before the Ombudsman in connection with an alleged mansion in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, and the allegedly questionable renovation of the PNP chief’s official quarters inside Camp Crame. The case was filed by consumer rights group Coalition of Filipino Consumers.

Last week, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the suspension of Purisima and several other police officials for six months in connection with the alleged anomalous contract the PNP entered into with a courier service company in 2011.

SC ruling

In the radio interview, Jimenez pointed out that the Supreme Court had an earlier ruling favoring Malabanan over Purisima as the real owner of the Talisay property.

“Nagkakaso pa sila ni Malabanan kung sino ang rightful owner, at ang Korte Suprema ay naglabas na ng desisyon na nagsasabing si Mr. Malabanan ang totoong may-ari ng lupa,” he said.

“Ang gusto nating maibestigahan ngayon ng Office of the Ombudsman ay kung paano napunta kay Purisima ang titulo,” he added.

“Kasi lumalabas na may deed of sale. Kinukwestiyon niya (Malabanan) yung deed of sale. Paano nagkaroon nun [samantalang] never daw niyang nakaharap o nakausap itong si Purisima. Hindi talaga sila magkakilala,” Jimenez added.

Jimenez said they also wanted the Office of the Ombudsman to look into the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of Purisima from 2007, when Purisima allegedly obtained the TCT of the property, and the succeeding years.

“Base dun sa deed of sale, nung 2007 daw nabili [ni Purisima]. Pero sa 2007 niya wala doon, hindi naka-declare. Kaya gusto namin na tignan ng Ombudsman ang ang SALN niya ng 2007 and beyond,” Jimenez said.

Purisima had earlied denied owning the Talisay property and even ordered the PNP to look into the matter. Elizabeth Marcelo/KBK, GMA News

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