Sandiganbayan tells ex anti-smuggling official to surrender P15-M worth of assets

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 15 2019 05:57 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2019 06:26 PM

MANILA - Sandiganbayan on Monday ordered former Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) assistant director Danilo Mangila to surrender P15.8 million worth of properties after the anti-graft court found that Mangila's personal assets exceeded his income when he served the government.

The frozen assets, according to the anti-graft court, are 6 real estate properties, 16 motor vehicles, investments in multiple companies, and other properties that are included in his unexplained wealth.

Mangila's assets, according to the anti-graft court, had a gross amount of P18.8 million, including the former official's total income of P3 million.

“This gross and glaring disparity between his (Mangila) legitimate income and assets acquired would all the more be emphasized, had there been evidence of his actual family and personal expenses and tax payments,” Sandiganbayan said in a resolution declared last July 1.

Mangila, who served in the Philippine National Police, said in an affidavit that his real estate properties were acquired from family members while his other assets, such as vehicles, were bought using his personal income from his own business venture.

Sandiganbayan also noted that Mangila and his wife had at least 30 international trips between them from 1993 to 2005.

While there is no law prohibiting government employees to acquire properties, the court said that they should always be accountable to the people, discharge their duties with integrity and lead modest lives. 

“Unfortunately, respondent Mangila failed to prove that he has lived a life proportionate to his means,” the court said.