Ex-PNP chief Purisima enters ‘not guilty’ plea to perjury raps

MANILA Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima on Friday entered a not guilty plea to his perjury charges over his alleged omission of properties in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for eight years.

The former PNP chief entered his not guilty plea before the Sandiganbayan Second Division for eight counts of perjury, as defined and penalized under Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code.

The Office of the Ombudsman has accused Purisima of deliberately failing to declare real properties and firearms in his SALN for years 2006 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2014.

Such properties consist of a property of his wife, Maria Ramona Lydia Purisima, covered under Certificate of Land Ownership (CLOA) no. CA-25916, in his SALN for 2006 and 2007.

Two more properties of Mrs. Purisima with CLOA no. VOS-28452 and a property acquired through a deed of donation dated May 12, 2008 and Purisima's own property under CLOA no. VOS-28012 were all also allegedly omitted in the succeeding SALNs.

The former PNP Chief also purportedly failed to include an HPRFL BMSTR 223 firearm and an STI 40 pistol in his SALN for 2011.

The list also included a CZ 9MM SPO1 Shadow firearm and an HPRFL UDMC 556 in the SALN for 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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