POLICE Director General Alan Purisima who resigned as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) last February is returning to work after a six-month suspension over corruption allegations.

Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, said Purisima has no obligation to report to him as the latter holds the highest rank in the PNP equivalent to a four-star rank in the military.

"Ang pagbabalik ni General Purisima ay hindi na bilang isang chief PNP kundi isang pulis na reporting back to duty. Walang obligasyon sa akin si General Purisima na mag report sa aking tanggapan bilang officer-in-charge," Espina said.

Purisima would report to the PNP Holding Administrative Unit, he said.

The former PNP chief was suspended last December 4 while the Ombudsman investigates the corruption allegations in connection with the allegedly anomalous gun license delivery deal with Werfast Documentary Agency.

Purisima has been accused of overseeing the January 25 botched law enforcement operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, which claimed the lives of 67 people, including 44 Special Action Force commandos.

He resigned in February at the height of the investigation into the encounter between government troops and Moro rebels.

Purisima will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on November 21. (Sunnex)