Sandiganbayan orders arrest of ex-AFP comptroller Ligot

by Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 25 2013 04:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 26 2013 12:33 AM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan has ordered the arrest of retired Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot in connection with the 11 counts of perjury filed against him by the Ombudsman.

In the warrant of arrest signed by First Division Chairperson Efren Dela Cruz, Ligot is allowed to post bail at an amount of P6,000 for each count of perjury, which would total P66,000.

The Office of the Ombudsman filed the perjury raps against Ligot for the alleged numerous false declarations in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth from 1993 to 2003.

In an 18-page Order signed on April 5, 2013, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales denied the respondents' motions for reconsideration and affirmed a ruling in September 2005.

The ruling was only modified insofar as Ligot's interest in Parmil Farms, Inc., which was declared in his SALNs for the years 2001 to 2003.

The Ombudsman said the SALN form requires only the declaration of business and financial interests.

The perjury cases formed part of a consolidate resolution, which also provided that forfeiture proceedings under Republic Act No. 1379 be initiated before the Sandiganbayan against respondents Ligot, his wife Erlinda Yambao Ligot, their children Paulo Ligot, Riza Ligot, Miguel Ligot, and relatives Edgardo Yambao and Miguela Paragas.

The cases seek to recover unexplained wealth covering the identified properties or the equivalent value for those already disposed in the amount of at least P135,280,822.11.

Records show that respondents Ligot, his wife and three children filed their Motion for Reconsideration on September 13, 2005. Edgardo Yambao filed his Motion for Reconsideration on September 14, 2006.

These motions were among several cases unresolved by former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and were discovered during the office-wide inventory of cases directed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales upon her assumption to office.

These cases were immediately referred for appropriate action by an Ad Hoc Review Committee.

Forfeiture proceedings are also now undergoing trial before the Sandiganbayan.