Ombudsman indicts exec over SALN

The Office of the Ombudsman indicted the town mayor of Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao for violations in the filing of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

The anti-graft body has found probable cause to charge Mayor Datu Ombra Sinsuat Sr. for three counts of violation of Sec. 8 of Republic Act No. 6713 or Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and five counts of perjury (Art. 183 of the Revised Penal Code).
The charges stemmed from the results of a lifestyle check investigation conducted by the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Unit in Mindanao which showed that respondent failed to declare his Ford Expedition, Mitsubishi Pajero, Honda Civic, and Ford Ranger vehicles in his 2009, 2013, and 2014 SALNs.
Sinsuat also failed to declare his relatives working in the government.
In his defense, Sinsuat said that he did not declare the vehicles as they were no longer usable or have already been sold. He also claimed difficulty in identifying relatives in government service as “the Sinsuat family is composed of many members.”
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, in a resolution, has set aside the respondent’s self-serving reasons and ruled that they cannot be given any weight for lack of controverting evidence.
Under Art. 183 of the Revised Penal Code, perjury is the willful and corrupt assertion of a falsehood under oath or affirmation administered by authority of law on a material matter. Whereas, Sec. 8, R.A. No. 6713 states that all public officials and employees have an obligation to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of, and the public has the right to know, their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under eighteen years of age living in their households.

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