Purisima house far from ‘ordinary’

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 Members of media take photos of the main house in the property of PNP chief Alan Purisima in San Leaonardo, Nueva Ecija Province during a site visit on Monday. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

Members of media take photos of the main house in the property of PNP chief Alan Purisima in San Leaonardo, Nueva Ecija Province during a site visit on Monday. PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN

SAN LEONARDO, Nueva Ecija: It’s no ordinary house.

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This was the consensus reached by newsmen who were allowed to step inside the controversial house of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima in this town on Monday.

“It may be an ordinary house by General Purisima’s standard. But to us, it’s a dream house,” remarked a reporter upon seeing the house in Barangay Magpapalayok.

Though not opulent, the house sitting on 204 square meters, has five bedrooms —three downstairs and two at the attic. It is equipped with a CCTV and has a function hall. Within the compound is a separate guesthouse with two bedrooms, a gazebo made from nipa and a swimming pool.

Purisima reportedly acquired the 4.5-hectare property from Leandro Gonzales 4th, owner of the Gonzales hospital in this town, in 1998. The house was built in 2002 and renovated in 2012.

Tito Purisima, a cousin of the PNP chief, toured members of the media around the property. Also present was PNP Public Information chief Senior Supt. Wilben Mayor.

“As reporters could see, this property is no mansion by any standard. It is an ordinary house, as ordinary as the other concrete houses that you would see in the neighborhood,” the PNP chief said in a statement.

“By inviting the media, it is my hope that some questions related to my property would be put to rest,” he added.

When he appeared at the Senate last week, Purisima said his resthouse was ordinary. After the Senate hearing, he invited mediamen to visit the house and judge for themselves whether it really was a mansion as some had claimed it to be.

Purisima’s decision to open his house to members of the press, however, did not impress anti-crime advocates who maintained that the PNP chief still had a lot of explaining to do.

Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), said in an interview that while the group lauds Purisima’s move to allow the media inside his resthouse, it still wants to hear from Purisima himself what the real value of the entire property is.

Based on Purisima’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) in 2013, the property was valued at P3,750,000.

But Jimenez said nobody knows the true value of the property or how Purisima was able to acquire it with his income as a police officer.

“We are also wondering why the Municipal Assessor’s office of San Leonardo doesn’t have a record that Purisima owns the property,” the VACC head added.

Aside from the property in San Leonardo, Jimenez said Purisima also needs to explain why he kept the construction of the PNP’s chief’s residence in Camp Crame dubbed the “White House” a secret.

He added that Purisima should also shed light on the questionable purchase of his Toyota Prado Land Cruiser, which he acquired for only P1.5 million when the vehicle is normally priced around P4.5 million to P6 million.

The VACC is set to file a supplemental complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman against Purisima regarding his 200-hectare farm in Barangay Aulo in Palayan City, also in Nueva Ecija, which was not listed in his SALN.

GMA 7 reported about the 200-hectare farm but, according to the report, the City Assessor’s office of Palayan has no record that the PNP chief owns the property.

Purisima, in a news conference last week, admitted owning the 200-hectare property but could not recall when he acquired it.

Jimenez expressed concern that Purisima, who is very close to President Benigno Aquino 3rd, could use his influence to be able to change the details of his pieces of property to avoid possible investigation.

“That is why we are appealing to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to immediately act on our complaint against the PNP chief in order to find out the truth,” he said
Militant workers joined calls to charge Purisima, saying opening his house to the media was a futile attempt to cover up his dishonesty in his SALN.

“The mere fact that his Nueva Ecija estate and poultry farm were not honestly declared in his SALN is already in direct violation of Republic Act 6713. There is no more use for the people to view the contents of his house,” said Gie Relova of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP).

The militant leader took a swipe at the Office of the Ombudsman, saying the agency is “again sitting on its fat ass.”

“Why has Purisima not been charged? Why are they allowing a graft case to be eaten alive by a Senate committee and members of the press before they start acting upon their mandate? Their inaction is inexcusable,” he said.

The PNP chief is facing plunder and indirect bribery complaints at the Office of the Ombudsman.

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12 Comments

  1. Arnel Cerdena on

    ang batas lang talaga ng Pilipinas ay ginawa para lang sa mga dukha, anak pawis, mga pobreng manggagawa na silang bumubuhay ng ating gobyerno, na wala ni kahit na minsang batas na pabor sa kauri nila kundi para lang sa mga mayayaman,ganid na pulitko, makapangyarihang inaabuso ang kanilang autoridad……

    ang Pilipinas ay ang bansang ang mayayaman lalong yumayaman at ang mahihirap ay lalong naghihirap…………………………

  2. Sabi dito si Purisima corrupts paano si Binay di ba corrupt din bakit hindi ito maaskaso ng mga mambabatas para tanggalin at ikulong, anong hinihintay nyo pasko !!! anong kayo hello!!!

  3. nasanitized na. naalis na mga mamahaling gamit bago nagimbita ng media. heheheh. lumang tugtugin na nyan. another police work in progress. Bakit pa naging pulis kung hindi marunong umiwas sa gusot. ARAY!!! Please continue with the investigation (sana totoong imbestigasyon). Pakipublish name ng car dealer na nagbigay ng 3M Pesos na discount. Hanap tayo buyer para makacommission kahit na mula lang sa discounted price na 1.5m.

    • I can’t see the Living Room set anymore. The pictures say more than what the visiting reporters showed and described.
      I want to hear from the Municipal Building Official if the Structures in the compound had Building permit and Occupancy Permit. I doubt if there is.

  4. so what now, when are they the DOJ and Congress investigate his unexplained wealth? or pwede na naman iyan..lol

    • Johnny de la Cruz on

      This is Philippine politics and nobody here is going to jail. When the fire is gone and the smoke rises, what is left is the ashes. When it rains the ashes will be gone and so is the political cases. After a few weeks, when the people and the press cools down, the political crime is forgotten and vanishes like a typhoon that passes by.

  5. The prevailing price of rice land in 1998 in San Leonardo was 1 million peso per hectare but Purisima bought his property at 57 thousand per hectare.

    • binigyan ng big discount, parang yun prado. nuon pa man, nakakuha na sya ng big disouny.

  6. When this administration wanted Renato Corona out, everyone in government and the legislahief group used extra time and remedies, including unlawful means to impeach him. Here comes the Alan Purisima scandal and clear corruption and the same individuals are now with lame feet, foot dragging the resolution of this scandal. This is “daang matuwid.”

  7. Godfather Purisima of PNP mafia clan,ay magaling magnakaw pero hindi magaling magpalusot,siguro yong dealership sa Pampanga na nagbigay ng malaking discount sa SUV at Van ni Purisima ay pagaari ng gambling lord na si Pineda na asawa ng Governor of Pampanga.

  8. P. Akialamiro@yahoo.com on

    I wonder if Purisima will offer his “rest house” in San Leonardo, N.E. for $5M. Please make it public, I may have buyers who are even willing to buy for even more.

    I bet many other high government officials have cheated in the SLNs. It’s about time these SLNs should be scrutinized by COA.

    BTW, in any language, and from any angle, Mr. Purisima is “Corrupt”! The PNP Chief is corrupt and being defended by his CI Chief? Ergo: Both are corrupt! Gising na, Juan!!!

  9. Ang bansag ng mga POBox na naka assign sa intel noong si Gen Purisima ciya ang R2 ng NCRPO Camp Bagong Diwa under kay Gen Ebdane ay si boxer kasi daw nakasarado ang mga kamao jejejeje