Former Puerto Princesa City, Palawan mayor Edward Hagedorn was formally charged with perjury, graft, and moral breach for his alleged false declarations of wealth in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities Net price (SALN).
The Office of the Special Prosecutor filed 9 counts every of perjury and graft towards Hagedorn for his failure to declare 59 residential, agricultural, and industrial properties, in addition to 45 automobiles (together with bikes, luxurious automobiles comparable to Volvo, Toyota Land Cruiser, BMW, and different sports activities utility automobiles).
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Hagedorn allegedly didn’t disclose his enterprise pursuits within the companies Palawan Jolly Foods Corporation, Puerto Princesa Broadcasting Corporation, Puerto Prince Bee Foods Corporation, Green Forest Blue Waters Corporation, Radiant Home Land Development, Inc., and Hagedorn Travel and Tours, Inc.
Besides the graft and perjury, the prosecutors additionally filed 9 counts of violations of Section eight of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, for his non-filing of truthful SALNs.
According to the charge sheet for 9 counts of violations of Section 7 of the anti-graft legislation, Hagedorn “unlawfully and criminally failed to truthfully and accurately declare in his SALN the real properties, motor vehicles and corporate/business interests that he in fact owns” for the years 2004-2012.
Hagedorn “concealed information about his ownership of real and personal properties by failing to accurately declare them in his SALNs,” the Ombudsman earlier stated in its indictment.
“(A)n examination of respondent’s SALN from 2004 to 2012 would reveal that, during the said years, he declared only three real properties located in Puerto Princesa City and one real property located in Parañaque City as his own… (B)y any standard, the disparity between the number of realties registered in respondent’s name and that declared in his SALNs is too significant to be dismissed,” the Ombudsman stated.
The Ombudsman stated tax declarations submitted in the course of the preliminary investigations present that Hagedorn has greater than three actual properties registered beneath Hagedorn’s title – 5 buildings, 4 industrial lands, 10 agriculture lands, and 40 residential lands.
Public officers are required to submit truthful and correct SALNs based on Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Failure to declare a truthful assertion of wealth is punishable by a 5 12 months imprisonment and/or a tremendous not exceeding P5,000 based on Republic Act 6713.
Meanwhile, an individual commits perjury by intentionally making an untruthful assertion in a doc required by legislation to be sworn earlier than any public officer, the Ombudsman stated.
The prosecutors beneficial the bail quantity of P4,000 for every depend of graft, P6,000 for every depend of perjury, and P10,000 for every depend of moral breach, for a complete bail quantity of P180,000. JE/rga