14,000 days in jail for ex-mayor who pocketed P14,000
MANILA -- A former municipal mayor of Kabuntalan in Maguindanao was meted 36 years, five months and 11 days in jail.
These totals to around 14,000 days for the P14,229 former mayor Salipongan Dagloc allegedly pocketed.
This was the decision of the Sandiganbayan second division, which also dictated that Salipongan pay the complainant, Bhernie M. Bagundang, the same amount with a yearly interest of 12 percent starting April 2000.
The anti-graft court found Dagloc guilty of two counts of graft and one of malversation for supposedly pressuring a municipal treasurer to release money to him.
Dagloc was also found liable for allegedly withholding the salary of another official and then using this for his own.
Each graft case is punishable with six to 10 years imprisonment, while the malversation charge bears a penalty of 10 to 16 years, five months and 11 days.
“Here, evidence on record, including the testimonial declarations of private complainant Bagundang, has established with moral certainty that accused Zailon indeed consented to the taking by accused Dagloc of the salary of private complainant…,” the court said.
Dagloc failed to present evidence. He and the other respondents also jumped bail, which forced the court to order their arrests.
“The flight of an accused is competent evidence of his guilt; and flight, when unexplained, is a circumstance from which inference of guilt may be drawn. Indeed, the wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the innocent are as bold as lion,” the court said.
Associate Justice Oscar C. Herrera Jr. penned the decision, with Associate Justices Teresita V. Diaz-Baldos and Napoleon E. Inoturan concurring.