Both President Benigno Aquino III and Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II defend Police Chief Director General Alan Purisima, who currently faces plunder raps.
The president told the media gathered in New York for a press conference that he has personally known Purisima for close to 3 decades, says a report on the Rappler. The police chief was never matakaw (greedy) or maluho (loves to live in luxury) in all those years they’ve known each other, Aquino insists.
The president, however, said he won’t pass judgment against his long-time friend before he sees the full copy of the complaint filed by the consumer rights group.
The Coalition of Filipino Consumers, a consumer rights group, filed plunder raps against the police chief for receiving donations, allegedly amounting to P25-30 million for the renovation of “The White House”. The building is located in Camp Crame; it is the official residence of the PNP Chief.
According to an Inquirer report, the donations came from Purisima’s Mason brothers.
Roxas also said the same thing when he defended the police chief before the Senate Committee on Finance, says a separate Inquirer report. The interior secretary detailed the amounts allegedly received by Purisima for the renovation of the costly mansion.
He failed to provide the full list that would cover the alleged P25-30 million donations received, when asked by Senator Grace Poe. Instead, he said the amount “has been brooded about”. The list he presented only amounted to P11,462,745.
Roxas presented the ‘Deed of Donation’ which clearly indicates Purisima as the recipient while the donors were CAPP Industries’ Christopher Pastrano, Pacific Concrete Corporation’s Atty. Alexander Lopez, and Ulticon Builders’ Mr. Carlos Gonzales.
In the Inquirer report, it was also revealed that Roxas had already sent a copy of these documents to Camp Crame’s resident auditor.