Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima opens his house to the media for scrutiny and picture-taking so he could show the people that the property is not a mansion or a villa, reports Rappler.
In defense against what he calls as ‘rabid’ and ‘tenacious’ a*****s against him, the police chief invited members of the media to take pictures and release details of his home, believed to be worth 30-50 million, says a report on the Inquirer.
Purisima downplays the exorbitant amount, saying the property was actually just built for just P818,260, but now holds a market value of P2,337,000.
As opposed to rumors that the house has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, photos of the property shows a large pool which is certainly not large enough to be Olympic-sized.
The house he has built for his family took several years of hard work to complete, the PNP director said; he also took loans to fund the real estate developments. He claims the property started as an ordinary house which the family developed through the years of honest work, says Rappler.
He bought the 4.7-hectare land for just P150,000 in 1998, Purisima said, but only started building a home in 2002. At the time, he was the chief of the Luzon Task Group and Luzon Area Office of the PNP. Later, he became chief of the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response.
The police chief also admitted to having a farm in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, believed to be 200 hectares big; this he bought at a cheap price, reports GMA News.
Critics slam Purisima for his ability to allegedly buy many multi-million peso properties and several luxury vehicles despite only receiving a salary of P107,000 ($2,380) per month. They believe the police chief is stealing from public funds or receiving bribe.