Purisima resigns: Suspended chief PNP to announce resignation — report

Director general Alan Purisima has resigned; the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief is expected to announce his resignation today.

This is according to a report aired Friday, February 6, on ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG).

Citing Cabinet sources, ABS-CBNnews.com also reported that President Benigno Aquino III has accepted Purisima's resignation "with much equivocation."

The chief PNP's resignation came more than ten days after the bloody Mamasapano clash between members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) as well as private armed groups.

Forty-four SAF commandos lost their lives in Maguindanao after neautralizing Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, tagged as one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists.

Pusima allegedly gave orders and called the shots during the operation.

Once he formally announces his resignation, Purisma could be replaced by PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina.

Update as of 7 p.m.: In his national address, President Aquino announced that he has accepted Purisima's resignation.

Credits: ABS-CBN News, UNTVweb