Ombudsman suspends mayor for inconsistencies in SALN

The Office of the Ombudsman has suspended for a month the mayor of a town in Maguindanao for a month after noticing the inconsistencies in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

In a press release yesterday, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered Mayor Datu Umbra Bayam Dilangalen of Northern Kabuntalan suspended for simple neglect after the agency found inconsistencies in his SALNs for years 2009 and 2010.

Based on the result of investigation, Dilangalen failed to declare in his 2009 SALN a house in Cotabato City acquired in 2000, a house in Kabuntalan, a parcel of land in Cotabato City, two cars acquired in 2004 and valued at P1million, liabilities representing loans obtained from the Government Service Insurance System and Land Bank of the Philippines.

In his 2010 SALN, Dilangalen also failed to declare his house in Cotobato City and an agricultural land in Kapimpilan, Kabuntalan.

In approving the ruling, Morales said: ”These omissions became palpable when respondent declared the existence of the very same properties and liabilities in his SALN for the immediately following year.”

“The respondent’s failure to pay attention to the details of his SALN had resulted in the inaccuracy of crucial information therein, making him liable for Simple Neglect of Duty,” she added.

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