Plunder raps filed vs PNP chief

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A PLUNDER complaint was filed against high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), led by Director General Allan Purisima, over an alleged questionable deal with a private courier service company.

In his complaint, Glenn Gerard Ricafranca of Barangay Capantawan in Legazpi City has accused the PNP officials of entering into an alleged anomalous contract with Wer Fast Documentary Agency three years ago.

Ricafranca said that he thought of buying a handgun for protection last March and so he inquired with the PNP about firearms license and registration.

He learned that "gun license cards are now being mandatorily delivered to each licensee through Wer Fast Documentary Agency based on a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the PNP and the private firm in May 2011."

The complainant claimed that Wer Fast was issued a certificate of incorporation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) only on August 10, 2011, which means that it had no juridical personality to enter into the agreement.

Apart from not an authorized courier delivery service by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), he alleged that one of the courier agency's incorporators is Mario Juan, and describe as very close to Purisima, while Enrique Valerio, who represented the PNP in the MOA, is a classmate and best friend of the PNP chief.

He added that retired Police General Ireneio Bacolod, a high ranking officer of Wer Fast, used to head the PNP Civil Security Group, the unit which has administrative supervision over the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO).

Ricafranca, noting that Bacolod was also the former boss of Purisima, said the FEO has been receiving complaints from applicants including delay in the delivery or non-delivery of firearm license cards and non-issuance of receipts.

Other applicants allegedly complained that it took up to three months before the gun license is delivered to them and when the package is received by a gun owner, the courier name indicated is LBC and not Wer Fast.

Ricafranca said LBC charges only P90 per package while Wer Fast charges P190 per package, which shows that the difference of P100 in the delivery charge would unduly benefit Wer Fast by as much as P100 million based on the more or less 1 million gun owners in the country.

"It is clear that Wer Fast was getting undue favors from the PNP under the leadership of respondent Director General Purisima without regard to the expenses and inconvenience it will cause to every citizen who lawfully owns or will own firearms," Ricafranca said.

Last April 8, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order and ordered the PNP to stop "utilizing any courier services for deliveries of approved firearms license cards."

Apart from the plunder complaint, he also accused Purisima of graft, grave abuse of authority, conduct unbecoming of government official, and violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act.

"The fact that Wer Fast was allowed to continue and provide the needed courier services albeit several complaints and its utter incompetence, can only be attributed to the close personal relation or connection it has with respondent Dir. Gen. Purisima," Ricafranca said. (Sunnex)

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