The house that is being built for Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima smacks of “immorality,” according to the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).
To a senior Mason, it reeks of “graft.”
On Sunday, the VACC questioned the supposed donation made by the Free and Accepted Masons for the construction of a new house at Camp Crame for Purisima.
What has been dubbed as the White House inside the camp, the PNP’s headquarters, reportedly cost P25 million.
In a statement, VACC’s founding chairman Dante Jimenez said: “It is immoral and untimely and not a priority expense. [Only the] PNP chief [will benefit from the White House].”
Jimenez at the same time appealed to Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and to President Benigno Aquino 3rd “to look into this and subject it to audit [to see if the costing was right]. [Then validate and make public the costing].”
As chief of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Roxas is also the head of the PNP.
On claims of the PNP that the money for the house was a donation of the Masons, Jimenez still insisted that police officials should prove that it was.
‘[The supposed] donation of P25 million is huge and the PNP [could have used]it [instead]to buy additional equipment for its personnel who are in need of firearms, mobile cars and even boots. [Even if indeed it was a donation it is still immoral to use it for building a P25-million house],” he said.
PNP spokesman and Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac said the two-story house was donated by Purisima’s friends in the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.
“But there was no cash donation. The assistance came in the form of construction materials and labor,” he added.
It was not immediately known if Purisima is a Mason.
A senior Mason said in a text message: “The chief PNP should answer the biggest mystery of the P25 million house donated by the Masons.”
He explained that “the brotherhood is not mandated to donate a luxury house. They [Masons] are into socio-activities and extend help only to those who are in need.”
The supposed donation smacked of corruption, according to the senior Mason.
“It is a clear [case of]graft because [government]officials cannot accept any gifts without a deed of donation and money can be issued directly to the assigned contractor only if stated in the deed of donation, plus [the]contractor should declare this [house, for example] as [the donor’s]income and subject to tax,” he further explained.
He said the Masons are “angry [with the PNP]for using the organization’s name [for the national police]to escape public outrage over the issue.”