Senators on Thursday said they want
Philippine National Police chief Alan
Purisima to personally submit to them his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), as well as explain the P25-million renovation of his “White House” inside Camp Crame, the PNP’s national headquarters in Quezon City.
Since Purisima’s SALN is a public record, Sen. Grace Poe said, the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs that she heads will ask Purisima to produce it , not to insult him but to give him the opportunity to clear suspicions against him.
“It [SALN] is the basis of our public service and we should allow public access to it,” Poe noted in a radio interview aired over dzMM.
Anti-corruption groups have been airing their call for Purisima to make public his SALN over reports about his alleged pieces of property in the towns of Zaragoza and San Leonardo in Nueva Ecija; and condominium units at Bellagio Residences in Taguig City (Metro Manila) and at Gramercy, Ayala One and Serendra, all in Makati City (Metro Manila).
They said Purisima’s disclosure of his SALN is the only way for the PNP chief to debunk allegations over his reported assets.
Poe said the SALN of public officials, including Purisima, should always be made available to the public with or without the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.
Her committee will ask the PNP chief to explain the P25-million renovation of his so-called White House.
The PNP has been insisting that a donation, not public funds, made possible the make-over.
To her, Poe said, the donation was not an issue, only that they need assurance from Purisima that the donor has no vested interests beyond just being a Good Samaritan.
Opposition Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito earlier questioned the “White House” renovation, saying the job showed the insensitivity of the PNP leadership to the situation of its men on the ground.
Spending that much for a building that only benefits a few, Ejercito said, the money should have been used to procure additional firearms for police officers to help them improve their crime-fighting capabilities.
“How can we improve the peace and order situation when criminals have more firepower than our police officers?” he asked.