Sandigan upholds Hagedorn trial for SALN-related charges

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2017 02:54 PM

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 5th Division has junked the appeal of Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn to dismiss the cases filed against him in connection with the alleged misdeclaration of his wealth for 9 years.

The Office of the Ombudsman had charged Hagedorn with 9 counts each of graft, perjury and violation of the code of ethics for public officials for supposedly failing to declare his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth from 2004 to 2012.

Hagedorn had sought the dismissal of the cases, citing inordinate delay and arguing that he cannot be charged simultaneously for 3 offenses.

The Sandiganbayan 5th Division denied Hagedorn's omnibus motion last July, prompting the former mayor to file a motion of reconsideration (MR) seeking to reverse the court decision.

The anti-graft court dismissed the MR for failing to raise new arguments.

"The allegation raised by the accused on unjustified delay are a mere rehash of his earlier pleadings and did not raise any new matter," the court said in its resolution penned by Associate Justice Maria Theresa Mendoza-Arcega.

"The accused simply restates the arguments already addressed and found unmeritorious by this Court in its Resolution dated July 19, 2017."

The court upheld the charges against Hagedorn based on a Supreme Court ruling that states, “It is the basic principle of the law on public officers that a public official or employee is under a three-fold responsibility for violation of duty or for a wrongful act or omission. This simply means that a public officer may be held civilly, criminally, and administratively liable for a wrongful doing.”