Convicted BFP chief faces raps anew over SALN
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.