Is the house of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima ordinary or a mansion?
It could be both as far as Commissioner Kim Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is concerned.
Henares sized up Purisima’s house in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija, on Tuesday when quizzed on a planned lifestyle check that the BIR, in cooperation with PNP, Office of the Ombudsman and National Police Commission, will conduct on the country’s top policeman and fellow top police officials.
“A house is also a mansion. A mansion is also a house. That would be tackled in the lifestyle check. I’d rather not make any conclusion now. If you already have a conclusion on something that you are investigating something, the investigation won’t be objective anymore,” she told reporters at the sidelines of congressional discussions on financial aspects of the proposed Bangsamoro region.
Henares clarified that the lifestyle check is not a targeted operation against Purisima but a system of exacting accountability on all high-ranking police officials, including Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd of the Department of Interior and Local Government since the PNP is under the jurisdiction of the DILG.
Purisima also on Tuesday said he hopes questions on his Nueva Ecija house, a resthouse as he put it, will be put to rest after opening it to the media on Monday.
The PNP public information chief, Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor, told a news briefing in Camp Crame also on Tuesday that the PNP chief allowed reporters to visit the resthouse in the name of “transparency.”
“It is an ordinary house, as ordinary as the other concrete houses that you would see in the neighborhood,” Purisima said in a statement coursed through his lawyers who accompanied members of the media during the visit.
Malacañang also on Tuesday denied that President Benigno Aquino 3rd is turning a blind eye on alleged wrongdoing of Purisima, who is facing graft and plunder charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
In a news conference, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the PNP chief has made significant achievements, including operations against drug syndicates and high-profile criminals.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE, JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA AND ANTHONY VARGAS