PNP chief to shed light on ‘white house’-A A +A
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima has accepted the challenge of Senator Grace Poe to explain the P25 million "white house" being constructed in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Poe on Tuesday asked Purisima to shed light on the construction of the multi-million peso official residence of the PNP chief, which was allegedly donated by the Mason brothers of the top police official.
PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said Purisima accepted the challenge of the chairperson of the Senate committee on public safety, even as he emphasized that that no government fund was used in the construction of the house.
Sindac said the house cost P12 million, not P25 million as reported in the media.
But the anti-crime watchdog Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said the construction of the white house was "immoral, untimely and not a priority expense."
Sindac assured that the alleged Mason brothers of Purisima, a Grand Master of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, who donated the funds for the project, will be named by the PNP "in due time."
A senior member of the fraternal organization, however, earlier denied funding the said project and said that it was a "clear graft."
"The brotherhood is not mandated to donate a luxury house. They are into socio-activities and extend help only to those who are in need," a Mason brother of Purisima, who refused to be identified, said.
In a television interview, Purisima said the white house will replace the old structure, which was inundated by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. The house is being built on an identified flood-prone area.
"Aside from building a new house, we also elevated the house kasi that exact spot according to the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) is very much flood prone, kaya if we will keep it like that masasayang lang ang pagpapagawa," Sindac said. (Sunnex)