Director General Ricardo Marquez made a promised that the controversial “White House, ” the official residence of the newly installed Philippine National Police chief will be open to the media “for closure and transparency.”
In his first ambush interview as PNP chief on Thursday, he said, “I will open the White House to media for closure and transparency.”
It was reported before that the Chief’s residence renovation was at a cost of P25-million. Since the allegation of overpriced reconstruction under dismissed Director General Alan Purisima’s leadership, this will be the first time the PNP will open the Chief’s residence.
The two-story structure can be found beside the Santolan Gate of Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the PNP in Quezon City. The members of the media were not allowed to enter the White House during Purisima’s time and therefore chased by controversies.
“It’s color white, really,” he jokingly told reporters. The new PNP chief said he and his family will begin to move into the White House this weekend.
It was when flooding started in the area in 2013 when Purisima had the White House renovated. The PNP claimed that the said construction only cost P11 million and denied several reports stating that it was excessively priced.
Also according to the PNP, it was the friends of Purisima in the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines who gave donations for the budget of the reconstruction.
A lifestyle check among PNP officials was initiated upon the White House issue starting with Purisima, who faced both administrative and criminal charges over the suspected overpriced construction.
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