Roxas bares list of ‘White House’ donors
MANILA, Philippines — Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II bared on Wednesday the list of donors , who contributed for the restoration and repair of the controversial “White House” now being occupied by Police Chief Director General Alan Purisima.
Roxas submitted to the Senate committee on finance a report by police director in-charge of the comptrollership, Rolando Puruggunan, recognizing the receipts of donations used for the repair of the so-called White House.
“So it was received by the PNP through a debit to other structures amounting to P11, 462, 745,” he told the committee, responding to queries of Senators Francis Escudero and Grace Poe.
“And there’s a deed of donation entered into by Mr. Carlos Gonzales for Ulticon Builders, Atty. Alexander Lopez for Pacific Concrete Corporation, Christopher Pastrano of CAPP Industries as the donors and Director General Purisima for the PNP as the donee or recipient of the renovated exclusive official residence of the chief PNP,” Roxas said.
He then gave the committee a copy of the report, which he said has already been submitted to the resident auditor at the Camp Crame.
When Poe asked if the donation was only P11 million but the structure cost P20 million, Roxas said: “I think the P20 million is a number that has been brooded about, Madam Senator. This appears to be an itemized…”
It was Poe who first raised about the issue during the hearing but Roxas said he was not aware of the specifics, saying that Purisima would be the one who would make a list of all the donors.
“We’re awaiting that list,” he said.
But Roxas eventually gave the list to the committee which he said he saw for the first time after Escudero pressed for answers on the white house issue.
“Since this is an official structure within Camp Crame, shouldn’t the PNP hierarchy and leadership be privy to this?” Escudero asked.
It was then that Roxas informed the committee about Purugganan’s report pertaining to the said donations to the PNP.
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