Customs officer and barangay official convicted for SALN violations

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2018 08:08 PM

MANILA - A customs official and a barangay kagawad were found guilty of violating Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees after failing to file their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

In a statement released by the Office of the Ombudsman, government prosecutors, on separate occasions, secured the conviction of Customs Operations Officer III Jose Dimatulac and former Mandaluyong City barangay kagawad Saturnino Guanga after they changed their “not guilty” plea to “guilty.”

Dimatulac was found guilty of seven counts of violation of R.A. No. 6713 for failing to file his SALNs from 2005 to 2011, while Guanga was found guilty of five counts for not filing his SALNs from 2009 to 2013. 
 
The Pasay City Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 45 ordered Dimatulac to pay a total fine of P14,000 while the Mandaluyong MTC Branch 60 ordered Guanga to pay a fine of P5,000.

The Office of the Ombudsman noted that under Section 8 of R.A. No. 6713, all public officials and employees are required to annually file, under oath, their SALN and a Disclosure of Business Interests and Financial Connections and those of their spouses and unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households. 
 
The SALN must also be filed on or before April 30 of each year.