MANILA -- A ranking official of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) was convicted for failing to declare certain properties in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) for 10 years, according to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Customs Operations Officer V Pier Angeli Senangote Sealtiel was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt on 10 counts of violating Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) for not disclosing some properties in her SALN for the years 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Sealtiel was sentenced to pay a fine of P5,000 for each count.
In an 11-page decision, the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila said Sealtiel failed to disclose two parcels of adjacent land and one apartment unit in Parañaque City registered in the name of her husband Leonilo and his siblings as co-owners.
The decision narrated that the previous title covering the said property was registered in the name of Sealtiel's father-in-law Vedasto who died on March 30, 1983.
The ownership of the property was transferred to Leonilo and his siblings following a Deed of Donation executed on March 24, 1994.
In his Decision, Presiding Judge Juan Bermejo Jr. said such issuance of Transfer Certificate Of Titles (TCTs) in the names of Leonilo and his siblings as registered co-owners makes it incumbent upon Sealtiel to disclose her husband's interest over the subject properties beginning 1994.
"Failing to do so makes her liable for non-disclosure of her husband's interest on the said properties," Bermejo said.