Ex-AFP chief Abadia convicted of perjury

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Posted at Jul 14 2011 09:39 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2011 02:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan has convicted former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lisandro Abadia of perjury for including false information in his 1992 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

He was slapped one month to one-year imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay the cost of the trial.

Court documents showed Abadia sold the real estate property for P200,000 only on September 30, 2002. He declared in his statement, however, that he got a windfall worth P2.55 million for the property in 1992.

“(T)he Court holds that the accused’s statement in his 1992 SALN that his family income in 1992 includes the proceeds from a sale of real property in the amount of P2,550,000 is a falsehood, the truth being…that he sold the subject lot …only in 2002 for P200,000,” the Sandiganbayan said.

Abadia presented his cousin, Emilio Rafols, before the court to attest to the sale in 1992. He said Rafols bought the lot for P3.5 million, with the P2.55 million downpayment in 1992.

Rafols later admitted he did not have money to pay for the property.

Last May, the anti-graft court’s 2nd division acquitted Abadia on a separate perjury charge. This case concerns another alleged misrepresentation in his 1993 SALN.

He won on a technicality, however.