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Latest News Philippines: Who is Gen. Alan LM Purisima? – Journal.com.ph:
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TASKED to command the Philippine National Police Task Force Halalan 2013, Deputy Director General Alan LM Purisima is no stranger to fighting partisan armed groups (PAGs) and crimes and terrorism in the country since he graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1981. In fact, he is best remembered as the officer who put an end to the checkered career of one of the country’s most wanted bank robbers in the 1990s.
After his stint with the Presidential Security Group, Purisima became the operations officer of the elite Special Action Force of the defunct Philippine Constabulary from 1989 to 1991 until he was transferred to the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office as its intelligence officer in 1992.
In the same year, he became the commanding officer of the 151st PNP Mobile Force Company in Pangasinan and was the chief of the Western Police District (WPD) District Police Investigation Unit from 1995 to 1996.
Purisima also once headed the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Division/Task Force Gagamba of the National Capital Region Police Office from 1997 to 1998 and was the operations officer of the Quezon City Police District in mid-1998 to 1999 and later, the station commander of the QCPD Station 3 in Talipapa, Novaliches and Station 7 in Cubao from 2000 to 2001.
Colleagues remember him as the officer who ended the criminal capers of notorious bank robber Joel Arnan in the 1990s. Arnan was the leader of the Joel Arnan/Solido Gang of bank robbers, mostly composed of rogue soldiers who turned to bank and armored van robberies until he was killed in a shootout with Purisima and his men.
Purisima also became a nemesis of kidnapping-for-ransom groups when he commander the Task Group Luzon and Luzon Area Office of the Special Task Group or STAG, the unit that replaced the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Fore from 2001 to 2002. STAG was then headed by PNP deputy chief for administration and later PNP chief, General Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr.
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