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Sandiganbayan okays Purisima US trip

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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FORMER Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima was allowed to travel abroad next month.

The Sandiganbayan Sixth Division allowed Purisma to go to United States to visit his son from September 5 to September 27.
    
Purisima, who was dismissed from the service, has a pending graft charge over an anomalous gun courier deal during his time as head of the PNP.
    
“Considering the posting of the required travel bond of P30,000… the Court finally authorizes him to travel to the United States of America from Sept. 5 to Sept. 27, 2016,” the ruling said.
    
Purisima’s son Jason Arvi is studying in California.
    
Bucking the prosecutors’ strong opposition to his request, Purisima was able to convince the Sandiganbayan to let him travel to the US by citing Filipino family values.
    
According to Purisima, his long years in the government service prevented him from seeing his son.
    
The anti-graft court ordered Purisima to appear before the clerk of court and present his passport five days after his return.
 
The court said material misrepresentation by the accused could make him liable for contempt.
   
A friend of former President Benigno Aquino III, and 16 others were charged with one count of graft for acting allegedly with manifest partiality, evident bad faith and gross inexcusable negligence when they awarded the courier contract to the firm WerFast Documentary Agency, Inc.