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Philippine Ombudsman affirms criminal charges against former national police chief for anomalous courier deal

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ©globalnation.inquirer.net
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales
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OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the filing of charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Alan Purisima, 11 police officers and several others for their 2011 involvement in an anomalous contract with a non-existent courier services company.

Morales, in a 10-page Consolidated Order, affirmed the finding of probable cause against Purisima and the other respondents as she brushed aside their defense for lack of merit.

The Ombudsman found that WERFAST had no corporate existence and juridical personality when the PNP engaged its services through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) executed in May 2011. The MOA authorized WERFAST to have the sole responsibility of setting up an online system for firearms license application and delivery.

No public bidding was conducted by Purisima, et. al. and the MOA was entered into despite WERFAST’s lack of track record as a courier service company, Morales noted.

The respondents admitted that the documents submitted by WERFAST for accreditation were incomplete, meeting only the minimum requirements, giving absolute credence to WERFAST’s representation that it has a joint venture with CMIT Consultancy Group, Inc. and PHILREM.

Investigation uncovered that WERFAST engaged the services of LBC wherein WERFAST collected P190.00 for deliveries within Metro Manila and P290 for outside of Metro Manila, when other courier service providers charge only P90.00 within Metro Manila.

Morales said “the document trail-from the execution of the MOA to the issuance of an accreditation policy, subsequent mandatory imposition of courier service fee deliveries, until accreditation of WERFAST- reveals measures undertaken to mask a long line of violations.”

Aside from Purisima, the others impleaded for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) are: police officers Napoleon Estilles, Gil Meneses, Raul Petrasanta, Allan Parreño, Eduardo Acierto, Melchor Reyes, Lenbell Fabia, Sonia Calixto, Nelson Bautista, Ford Tuazon and Ricardo Zapata, Jr., and WERFAST incorporators Mario Juan, Salud Bautista, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena and Juliana Pasia.

Section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019, public officials are prohibited from causing any undue injury to any party, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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