Con­victed BFP chief faces raps anew over SALN

The Philippine Star - - METRO - El­iz­a­beth Marcelo

For­mer Bu­reau of Fire Pro­tec­tion chief Fran­cisco Senot, re­cently found guilty in the ghost re­pair of BFP ve­hi­cles, is fac­ing another set of charges over his al­leged fail­ure to de­clare P2 mil­lion worth of as­sets in his State­ment of As­sets, Li­a­bil­i­ties and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2001 to 2004.

Filed be­fore the Sandi­gan­bayan on Oct. 3, the charges against Senot in­volve 11 counts of fal­si­fi­ca­tion of pub­lic doc­u­ments.

The Deputy Om­buds­man for the Mil­i­tary and Other Law En­force­ment Of­fices said Senot “de­lib­er­ately failed” to dis­close in his SALNs for 2001 to 2004 two real prop­er­ties and two ve­hi­cles to­tal­ing P2.005 mil­lion pur­chased by his fam­ily.

Om­buds­man’s graft in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of­fi­cer Eric An­thony Dumpilo said Senot’s wife pur­chased a lot at Camella Homes III in Tu­nasan, Muntinlupa amount­ing to P800,000 and another lot at Ka­paya­paan Vil­lage Phase I-A in Can­lubang, Calamba City, Laguna amount­ing to P25,000, yet both prop­er­ties were not de­clared in Senot’s SALNs.

The om­buds­man said Senot’s wife and son also pur­chased mo­tor ve­hi­cles amount­ing P550,000 and P630,000, re­spec­tively, yet the ve­hi­cles were not dis­closed in Senot’s SALNs for 2001 to 2004.

The cases were raf­fled off to the anti-graft court’s Fifth Di­vi­sion.

On June 29, the court’s Third Di­vi­sion con­victed Senot of five counts each of graft and estafa over the re- lease of P192,023 in funds in 2001 for the sup­posed re­pair of a Kia Besta van and Isuzu Elf truck owned by the BFP.

The Third Di­vi­sion said the pros­e­cu­tion was able to prove that no re­pairs were made on the ve­hi­cles. In­stead, Senot and for­mer BFP fi­nance ser­vices unit head Flo­rante Cruz mis­ap­pro­pri­ated the funds “for their per­sonal use and ben­e­fit.”

Senot and Cruz were sen­tenced to serve a max­i­mum of 90 years in prison.

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