CON­VICTED EX-BFP CHIEF CHARGED ANEW OVER HID­DEN WEALTH

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - By Vince F. Nonato @VinceNona­toINQ

For­mer Bu­reau of Fire Pro­tec­tion (BFP) chief Fran­cisco Senot, who was sen­tenced to 60 years in prison for estafa and graft in June, is again in hot wa­ter for al­legedly fail­ing to dis­close P2.005 million in as­sets.

The Deputy Om­buds­man for the Mil­i­tary and Other Law En­force­ment Of­fices on Oct. 3 charged Senot with 11 counts of fal­si­fi­ca­tion be­fore the Sandi­gan­bayan.

The cases have been raf­fled off to the anti­graft court’s Fifth Di­vi­sion.

Pros­e­cu­tors ac­cused Senot of “mak­ing un­truth­ful state­ments” in his four state­ments of as­sets, li­a­bil­i­ties and net worth (SALN) for the years 2001 to 2004 by “de­lib­er­ately fail­ing to dis­close” his fam­ily’s as­sets.

These in­clude an P800,000 lot at Camella Homes III in Tu­nasan, Muntinlupa City, and a P550,000 mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Pros­e­cu­tors said he should have in­cluded these items—both pur­chased by Senot’s wife—in his 2001-04 SALNs.

Another un­de­clared as­set was a P630,000 ve­hi­cle pur­chased by Senot’s son Der­ick, which was al­legedly con­cealed from the 2003-04 SALNs.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Senot also failed to in­di­cate in his 2004 SALN his wife’s pur­chase of a P25,000 lot in Ka­paya­paan Vil­lage Phase I-A in Can­lubang, Calamba City, La­guna.

The Sandi­gan­bayan Third Di­vi­sion on June 29 sen­tenced Senot to a prison term of 60 to 90 years over five in­stances of fal­si­fy­ing dis­burse­ment vouch­ers and sup­port­ing doc­u­ments for the re­pair of a Kia Besta van and an Isuzu Elf truck from June to De­cem­ber 2001.

Pros­e­cu­tors then al­leged that no re­pairs were ac­tu­ally made and that Senot and another BFP of­fi­cial mis­ap­pro­pri­ated the funds for their per­sonal use.

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