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Latest News Philippines: Who is General Alan LM Purisima? – Journal.com.ph:
DIRECT and simple. Officials say these two words best describe Deputy Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima, the police official slated to replace Philippine National Police chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome. A known ‘well-rounded officer’ and a practical ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker, Purisima will become the 18th PNP chief and the third to be appointed as Chief PNP by President Benigno S. Aquino II since he assumed the presidency in 2010, the first being General Raul M. Bacalzo of Philippine Military Academy Class 1977 who retired in September 2010 and was replaced by Gen. Bartolome, a member of PMA Class 1980, who will be marking his 56th birthday on March 16, next year.
Purisima’s ‘out-of-the- box’ thinking was polished through his various assignments and responsibilities when he led different offices and units in the PNP prior to his designation as the PNP’s 4th highest official last September 5, his PMA Class 1981 mistahs and colleagues told the Journal Group.
He was airing his views on accepting deserving college undergraduates — those who have at least 72 units in their transcript of records — into the police force provided they pass all written and oral examinations, submit all the requirements, endure rigorous training and most of all, confirmed to be of really good moral character by respected members of their communities, when the Journal Group came to visit him.
Born on November 21, 1959, Purisima is a known lover of music. On Monday, this paper found him listening to Beatles music while signing documents in his table. “The general really loves music, the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, from Beatles to Bon Jovi,” said Senior Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, a member of PMA Class 1987 who has been working with Purisima since 2004.
Unknown to many, Purisima can hit the high notes. His favorite is ‘Cama de Rosas,’ the Spanish version of the Bon Jovi hit Bed of Roses. Being a member of the PMA cadet combo where he played the organ, Purisima has become a musically-inclined policeman who would rather listen to old greatest hits rather than watch movies.
The 3rd of seven children, Purisima is married to a devoted woman, the former Maria Ramona Lydia Isidoro-Purisima who stood by him all this time. The couple is blessed with four sons.
His educational background will prove that he has indeed strived hard to achieve what he has today. A product of public school who grew up in the rural town of San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur, Purisima said that he knew even at a young age that his calling was in public service.
Right after he graduated from high school, he prepared well to realize his dream by taking the PMA entrance examination and successfully making it to Fort del Pilar, the country’s premier military school in Baguio City. Purisima forms part of the highly-esteemed PMA ‘Dimalupig’ Class of 1981.
Shortly after graduating from PMA in 1981, he joined the Philippine Constabulary (PC). Among the key posts he held were the following: Team leader of the Task Force CABNEC in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, 1981; officer-in-charge of the Porac Detachment, 583rd PC Company, Pampanga, 1982; and as the Intelligence officer, Nueva Ecija PC/INP, in 1986.
He started his friendship with the would-be president, the eldest son of the late democracy icon, President Corazon C. Aquino, in 1987 when he served as the intelligence officer/commanding officer of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) assigned to protect the First Family. He later went on to become the executive officer of the PSG Special Reaction Unit in Malacañang Palace from 1988 to 1989, the period when the Corazon Aquino presidency came under heavy attacks from mutinous Reform the Armed Forces soldiers led by then Colonel Gregorio ‘‘Gringo’’ Honasan.
He won’t talk about it but officials close to him said that as a young PC major, Purisima was sent to rescue P-Noy Aquino from a band of military rebels who ambushed his convoy near the Palace during one of their several attempts to seize the Aquino presidency. At least two aides of the young Aquino were killed in that ambush. Aquino himself was wounded in that incident and still bore scars as a result of the attack.
After the bloody December 1989 coup d‘etat which almost toppled the Aquino presidency, Purisima became the operations officer of the PC Special Action Force based in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig until 1991.
(To be continued)
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