Sunday, October 5, 2014
SAN LEONARDO, Nueva Ecija – “It’s not an ordinary house as claimed by Philippine National Police Chief, General Purisima. It’s a dream house, actually.”
Thus exclaimed Nueva Ecija newsmen who went to the general’s reported multimillion peso mansion in Barangay Magpapalayok here yesterday amid questions over the controversial property that has been the subject of a lifestyle check.
Consider this: the house has a gazebo, a function hall, sala set made of narra, apitong and other hardwood species and a billiards table. The whole compound was cluttered with CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) surveillance cameras.
The ground floor has two rooms, a small bar and dirty kitchen while the second floor has three rooms with attic.
To top it off, there’s a separate guesthouse with an inviting swimming pool and garage and well-manicured landscape which, according to contractor’s estimate, is easily worth P2 million.
“It maybe an ordinary house given General Purisima’s lavish lifestyle and standards. But to the ordinary Juan dela Cruz, this is a dream house. A house worth dying for,” one of the newsman commented.
Magpapalayok barangay chairman Joselito Valmonte said the updated zonal value of the lot is at P3 million per 2.5 hectares.
Purisima acquired the lot in 1998 from its fourth owner Leandro Gonzales, owner of the Gonzales Hospital in the same town. The house was constructed in 2002 and renovated in 2012.
Its first owner was Efren Villaroman of the Villaroman Elementary School beside the house. (Manny Galvez)