PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima on Thursday maintained that he did not use his position to accumulate ill-gotten wealth as he denied owning a mansion in his home province of Nueva Ecija.
Purisima said the total floor area of his house was only 204 square meters and that based on the latest assessment, its fair market value is P2.3 million.
He insisted that his allegedly hidden property is not a “mansion” but just an ordinary house.
“It is not a mansion. It is just an ordinary house that we improved and renovated over the years,” Purisima said.
“I’m inviting you to go there and we can even have a picnic there,” he told reporters.
Critics have alleged that Purisima’s property could be worth at least P50 million with its high-walled structures and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Purisima reiterated that he will not step down from his post and vowed to continue his fight against criminals.
He clarified that the bulletproof vehicle he was using was not his since it was only loaned to him by a friend who is concerned about his security.
The PNP chief criticized some members of media for blowing the issue out of proportion.