Cus­toms of­fi­cer con­victed of false as­set state­ments

Sun.Star Baguio - - THE NATION -

THE Metropoli­tan Trial Court of Manila has con­victed a Bu­reau of Cus­toms of­fi­cial for fail­ure to make ac­cu­rate dec­la­ra­tions in the State­ment of As­sets, Li­a­bil­i­ties and Net worth (SALN).

BOC Op­er­a­tions Of­fi­cer Fran­cis Voltaire Azaña was con­victed of six counts of vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 8 of the Code of Con­duct and Eth­i­cal Stan­dards for Pub­lic Of­fi­cials and Em­ploy­ees (Repub­lic Act 6713), ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 11.

Azaña was or­dered to pay a fine of P1,000 for each count, or a to­tal of P6,000.

Azaña’s cul­pa­bil­ity stemmed from the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion in his SALN from 2009 to 2014.

Doc­u­ments showed that the ac­cused failed to truth­fully de­clare the ac­qui­si­tion cost of house and lot in Bataan amount­ing to P400,000; bank hous­ing loan amount­ing to P4,000,000; bank de­posits; and the ac­qui­si­tion cost of Toy­ota Corolla Altis amount­ing to P550,000.

Dur­ing the re-ar­raign­ment, Azaña changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” and as­sured the court that he fully un­der­stood the na­ture and con­se­quences of the change of plea.

Sec­tion 8 of Repub­lic Act 6713 man­dates pub­lic of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees to ac­com­plish and sub­mit dec­la­ra­tions un­der oath of their as­sets, li­a­bil­i­ties, net worth and fi­nan­cial and busi­ness in­ter­ests. (YJG/SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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