P29 Million ill-gotten wealth, Ex-PNP Chief Purisima and family facing forfeiture raps

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered the Sandiganbayan to initiate the filing of a petition for the forfeiture proceedings against former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and his family for accumulating ill-gotten wealth.

In the July 4, 2017 Consolodated Resolution , Ombudsman Morales ordered the retrieval of the questionable wealth of Purisima and his wife, Ma. Ramona Lydia Purisima and their children Rainier Van Albert, Eumir Von Andrei, Alan, Jr. and Jason Arvi. The family have allegedly violated Republic Act No. 1379.

Purisima is also guilty of Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty and Acquisition of Unexplained Wealth, reasons for his dismissal in the service.

"Records show that during his stint at the PNP, General Purisima received salaries, allowances and other benefits in the total amount of P9,550,621.44 for 14 years from 2000 to 2014.   His wife, Maria Ramona, received a gross total compensation and other income of P6,382,530.84 as an employee of the AFP Mutual Benefits Association, Inc. for the same period.  Thus, their combined lawful earnings amounted to P15,933,152.28 only.   In addition, General Purisima declared business interests and financial connections with RAS Construction from 2000-2006 as partner; I@Link Computer Center from 2002 to 2006 as proprietor; Aliakbar Hauling and Trucking Services from 2008 to 2014; and EALRAJ Corporation, a family owned general merchandising corporation, from 2012 to 2014.  According to Ombudsman investigators, General Purisima’s net worth for 2014 was P16,762,948.85," the Ombudsman said in a statement.

Their investigation resulted to the discovery of Purisima's entire wealth worth of P29,292,459.92 and he also has properties and investments which weren't declared in his SALN.

"Based on the investigation and analysis made by the Ombudsman, General Purisima and his family accumulated unexplained acquisitions totaling at least P29,292,459.92  It was also found that Purisima had other properties and business investments under his name and/or that of his wife or sons, which he failed to declare in his SALN.  These properties consisted of the following: real properties in Aulo, Palayan City; residential land in Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija;  11 parcels of land in Talisay, Batangas; land in San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur; and personal properties consisting of firearms acquired from 2010 to 2014," she said.

Meanwhile, his wife received gross compensation and other income worth of P6.3 million as an employee of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Mutual Benefits Association, Inc.

From the Bureau of Immigration's investigations, Purisima was out of the country nineteen times from 2001 to 2014, twelve among those were official while the rest were "were financed from private funds". Similar to Alan Purisima, his wife was also in abroad nineteen times while their son, Rainier had ten trips, four for Eumir, Alan Jr., has five and lastly, seven for Jayson.

The Purisima family's trips proves their lavish lifestyle "which is not commensurate with their declared earnings and financial resources".

The Ombudsman also claimed that from 2013 to 2014, Purisima's income tax return 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."

"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.

Source: GMA, News5