MANILA - The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) branded as "immoral" the alleged P25-million renovation of the White House, the official residence of the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief at Camp Crame.
"It is immoral and untimely and not a priority expense. PNP chief lang ang makikinabang sa White House," VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez said in a statement.
PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac had claimed the renovation of the two-story structure was a donation of some of PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima's friends in the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.
Sindac said the assistance came not in cash but in the form of construction materials and labor.
Jimenez, however, said there is still a need to look into the matter.
"Kung donation nga P25 million is a huge amount, and the PNP can use it to buy additional equipment for its personnel who are in need of firearms, mobile cars and even boots. Kahit na donation yan. It is still immoral," he said.
He also appealed to President Benigno Aquino III and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to subject the project to audit. "I-validate at ilabas ang costing."
Meanwhile, a senior Mason member said some organization members have expressed anger over the use of their name "to escape public outrage" over the issue. He said Purisima should be the one to answer "the biggest mystery" of the P25-million White House.
"The brotherhood is not mandated to donate a luxury house. They are into socio-activities and extend help only to those who are in need...It is a clear graft because officials cannot accept any gifts without a deed of donations, and money can be issued directly to the assigned contractor only if stated in the deed of donation, plus contractor should declare this as his income and subject to tax," he said.
The PNP under Purisima has been under fire for a number of high profile killings and incidents that put the PNP chief's leadership to question.