MANILA - Former Isabela governor and radio broadcaster Maria Gracia Cielo “Grace” Padaca was meted a P4,000 fine after admitting to the Sandiganbayan that she had failed to declare her net worth from 2007 to 2010.
Padaca was found guilty of four counts of violations of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees after she pleaded guilty to failing to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.
She was re-arraigned by the Sandiganbayan 2nd Division on Sept. 27 after her lawyer told the court that she would be withdrawing the earlier plea of 'not guilty' she had entered on Feb. 18, 2016, five months after charges were filed against her.
During her re-arraignment, Padaca pleaded guilty to all four charges prompting the court to convict her and to order her to pay a fine.
“Considering the voluntary plea of guilty of the accused and comformably with the provisions of Section 11(a) of R.A. 6713, the Court hereby sentences her to pay a fine of P1,000 in each of the four criminal cases aforementioned, or the total amount of P4,000,” the court said in a resolution ordered by Associate Justice Oscar Herrera, the division chair, with the concurrence of Associate Justices Michael Frederick Musngi and Lorifel Pahimna.