Purisima admits owning N. Ecija property, vehicles

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 30 2014 01:12 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2014 12:20 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima on Tuesday admitted that he owns a 4.7-hectare property in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.

Speaking before the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, Purisima admitted that he owns the property, which is now the subject of a plunder complaint against him.

Purisima said he bought the lot in 1998 for about P150,000 - when he was already in PNP. He started developing it in 2002.

He said the house built inside the lot was about 204 square meters big.

Purisima is facing two plunder and graft complaints over his allegedly unexplained wealth, including the multimillion property in Nueva Ecija and another poultry business.

Critics say Purisima undervalued the property in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). The PNP chief put the fair market value of the mansion at P3.7 million in his SALN, but his complainants say the property's actual price could go beyond P50 million.

Purisima, who currently earns P107,000 monthly, explained that the assessor put the value of his house at P1.7 million. This later ballooned to P3.7 million due to construction costs.

Asked by Poe how he was able to pay for the development of the property, Purisima said, ''Paunti-unti po ang pagko-construct niyan at may mga savings din po kami. Iyun ang ginagastos namin."

Poe advised Purisima to have its value re-assessed.

Purisima is also facing an indirect bribery complaint over the construction of ''White House'', the official residence of the PNP chief inside Camp Crame.

It was earlier revealed by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas that three private entities donated P11,462,745.39 for the construction of the White House.

The donors are Carlos Gonzales of ULTICON Builders, Atty. Alexander Lopez of Pacific Concrete Corporation, and Christopher Pastrana of CAPP Industries.

Purisima said contrary to previous reports, the White House is a new building and was not just a renovated one.

Critics say the act of giving the donation constitutes indirect bribery because the private individuals who contributed to the property's construction may have vested interests.

Alphard, Land Cruiser Prado

In the same hearing, Purisima also admitted that he bought in 2013 a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado from a dealership in San Fernando, Pampanga at P1.5 million.

Purisima acknowledged that the SUV was heavily discounted, but he denied giving any favors in exchange for the hefty price slash.

The website of Toyota Philippines indicates that the cheapest variant of Land Cruiser Prado is priced at P2.98 million, while the most expensive is P3.87 million.

Purisima also admitted buying, through loan, a luxury minivan Toyota Alphard in 2013, valued at about P3.2 million.

He also confirmed he own a trucking company but could not say how much his business is earning. He said the trucks are used to haul rocks and sand.