Customs exec guilty of violating SALN Law
MANILA - A former deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Customs has been found guilty by the Sandiganbayan of failing to disclose the business interests of his wife and daughter in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).
The Office of the Ombudsman, in a press statement Friday, said lawyer Gil Valera was found guilty on two counts of violating Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).
Sandiganbayan 1st Division Associate Justice Rafael Lagos penned the 24-page decision concurred in by Associate Justices Efren De La Cruz and Rodolfo Ponferrada.
Valera was fined P5,000 and disqualified from holding public office.
The anti-graft court said Valera is criminally liable for not declaring his daughter Maria Beatriz’s shareholdings in MJ Valera Realty in his 2003 SALN, and his wife Esperanza’s business interest in Buy Pinoy Marketing, Inc. in his 2001 SALN.
"(Valera) knew about Esperanza’s investment in Buy Pinoy Marketing, Inc. because he signed as a witness in the Articles of Incorporation of said company," the ruling said.
It added that in Valera's failure to disclose his daughter's business interest, "his daughter was a minor, living with him at that time, and had capital shares held in trust by him in MJ Realty."