MANILA (Mabuhay) – Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima is lying about his wealth and should retire from the service, Senator Sergio Osmeña III said Wednesday.
Osmeña said Purisima was clearly not telling the truth about his assets, which included a 4.7-hectare property in Nueva Ecija and luxury cars while declaring only P6.6 million in net worth for 2013.
“In his SALN, he declared P6.5 million. He admitted he has a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser. That’s worth about P5 million to P6 million. And then he has a Toyota Alphard, that’s worth about P2.5 million,” he said.
“So sa dalawa na yun, ubos na yung SALN niya. Wala pa yung bahay niya, yung mansyon niya sa Nueva Ecija,” he added.
“Hindi ito puwede. I told him…you’re lying.”
Osmeña also castigated Purisima for accepting as donation an P11 million “White House” building inside Camp Crame from three donors.
He earlier told the PNP chief it is hard to believe that any person would donate a building to the PNP without expecting something in return.
“Itong mga kabibigan mo, they are not doing that out of the goodness their heart. As long as you are in office, alam nila may makukuha sila,” he said.
He said that instead of accepting the building, the money could have been used to improve the facilities of the PNP General Hospital.
UP Diliman political science professor Dr. Amado Mendoza Jr. said it is hard to believe a police official could accept any sizable donation against a provision of law and without expectations.
“May pagbabawal sa pagtanggap ng regalo o donasyon ang mga opisyal ng gobyerno lalo na sa kanya. Laging mauungkat yung kaya nabibigyan siya ay may kapalit,” he said.
He added: “Yung mga sinasabi niya hindi kapani-paniwala.”
The senator said he is now backing calls for Purisima to retire, saying that his acts are jeopardizing the passage of the PNP Reform Act. This is despite President Aquino’s earlier pronouncement that Purisima is not “greedy or capricious.”
“Dapat ipa-retire na ito. Alam mo kaibigan yan ng Presidente sapagkat 25 years ago naging security ni PNoy nung presidente pa yung mommy niya. Naging matalik na kaibigan ni PNoy yan at very loyal pero yung pag-abuso niya ngayon tama na,” Osmena said.
“Nasasaktan na yung tao at na e-endanger na yung passage ng PNP reform act dahil po sa kanya.”
Purisima earlier admitted that he owned the 4.7 hectare property in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija. He said he bought the lot for only P150,000 in 1998 and then started building the house in 2002.
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.
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.(MNS)