MANILA, Philippines - A Bureau of Internal Revenue official in Queon City has been suspended for three months, for failing to accurately declare properties in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, Net Worth (SALN).
The Office of the Ombudsman found BIR QC Revenue Region 7 Assistant Regional Director Marina C. De Guzman guilty of simple neglect of duty. She was suspended for three months without pay.
The Department of Finance-Revenue Integrity Protection Service (DOF-RIPS) had filed an administrative complaint in February 16, 2006 for "dishonesty" and "grave misconduct" against De Guzman.
However, in a recent decision, the Ombudsman found no sufficient evidence to hold De Guzman liable for the said charges. The Ombudsman held that De Guzman's failure to accurately declare some properties was a "simple neglect of duty."
De Guzman failed to declare in her SALNs for 1994, to 1996, the land in Malibo, Matanda, Pandi Bulacan which she bought in 1982, and the house and lot she acquired in Marilao, Bulacan in 1985. She also omitted in her SALNs for 1997-1999 the agricultural rice land in Masuso, Pandi, Bulacan, which she acquired through donation in 1996. De Guzman also did not also declare in her 1999 and 2000 SALNs the memorial lot in Dasmarinas, Cavite, which she acquired in 1997.
Despite the fact that De Guzman was not found guilty of dishonesty and grave misconduct, the DOF-RIPS said this is still a "victory" against government personnel "who may consider true and accurate SALN declaration as of no importance."
The DOF-RIPS said the promulgation of the Ombudsman's Decision on De Guzman's case should encourage the public to be vigilant against accumulation of unexplained wealth of public servants.
The public is encouraged to report through the DOF's perangbayan.com any signs of unexplained wealth such as high-end vehicles, lands and houses which may not be bought with the government personnel's salary, travels abroad and other ostentatious display of wealth.