Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima on Monday, June 20, entered a “not guilty” plea before the Sandiganbayan for his graft charges related to an anomalous courier service deal in 2011.
Radio reports said that the former police chief himself proceeded to the anti-graft court for his scheduled arraignment. Purisima pleaded “not guilty” with Gil Meneses, Allan Parreno, Napoleon Estilles, Melchor Reyes, at Ford Tuazon.
On May 6, the Ombudsman recommended graft raps against Purisima and 16 others for violation of the Anti-Graft Law for the contract forged with Werfast Documentation Agency Inc. (Werfast). Those who also faced charges were:
– Napoleon Estilles
– Gil Meneses
– Raul Petrasanta
– Allan Parreño
– Eduardo Acierto
– Melchor Reyes
– Lenbell Fabia
– Sonia Calixto
– Nelson Bautista
– Ford Tuazon
– Ricardo Zapata Jr.
Werfast incorporators Mario Juan, Salud Bautista, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena and Juliana Pasia also faced charges for their involvement in the delivery service contract.
The Ombudsman declared that Werfast had no corporate existence when the PNP tapped its services through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in May 2011. Lacking proper accreditation documents, the documentation agency would have set up an online system for firearms license application and delivery.
But the Ombudsman said there was no public bidding, and the MOA was entered into despite Werfast not having a track record as a courier service company.
The Sandiganbayan ordered Purisima’s arrest on May 19, while he was apprehended at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 on May 20. Purisima posted bail worth P30,000 prior to his arraignment at the Sandiganbayan.
Purisima is also facing charges at the Office of the Ombudsman over the botched Mamasapano operations in 2015.