Cus­toms worker faces sus­pen­sion for wrong SALN

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - COR­RE­SPON­DENT IZO­BELLE T. PU LGO

A CUS­TOMS em­ployee faces a six-month sus­pen­sion with­out pay for false in­for­ma­tion he sub­mit­ted in his state­ment of as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties (SALN) for sev­eral years.

The Om­buds­man­Visayas found Ger­man An­topina, doc­u­ment pro­ces­sor of the Bureau of Cus­toms, guilty of the ad­min­is­tra­tive charge of less se­ri­ous dis­hon­esty fol­low­ing a com­plaint filed by the Cus­toms of­fice in Novem­ber 24, 2015.

The com­plaint stemmed from an anony- mous text mes­sage sent to the anti-graft of­fice that ac­cused An­topina of ac­quir­ing wealth be­yond his means.

It said An­topina un­der­de­clared the ac­qui­si­tion cost of his house in Barangay Gun-ob, La­puLapu City, that he ac­quired in 2007 at P474,065 when the prop­erty had an as­sessed fair mar­ket value of P1.05 mil­lion.

An­topina also had sev­eral other prop­er­ties listed in his SALN over the same pe­riod which cost more than his gross an­nual in­come of P112,786.

In his counter-af­fi­davit, An­topina said he ac­quired his Gun-ob home through his sav­ings, money sent by sib­lings who worked abroad and a loan he ob­tained from a co­op­er­a­tive.

An­topina also said he had no in­ten­tion of un­der­declar­ing his as­sets since he wasn’t ori­ented on how to fill up his SALN.

But the Om­buds­man­Visayas be­lieved oth­er­wise.

“The prop­er­ties he ac­quired were man­i­festly out of pro­por­tion to his salary and al­lowances re­ceived in 2005, 2006 and 2007,” the Om­buds­man said.

In the event that the penalty could no longer be im­posed due to sep­a­ra­tion from ser­vice, An­topina is or­dered to pay a fine equal to six months’ worth of salary.

An­topina was con­tacted through so­cial me­dia but didn’t re­ply as of this writ­ing./

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