The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division has upheld the indictment in opposition to former Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn for his failure a quantity of his properties and companies in his assertion of belongings, liabilities and networth (SALN).
The anti-graft court docket has issued a decision which turned down his movement looking for to dismiss the felony charges in opposition to him together with 9 counts of perjury, 9 counts of graft, and 9 counts of violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
In his movement, Hagedorn mentioned the grounds of the charges didn’t represent an offense and there was unreasonable delay on the half of the Office of the Ombudsman in conducting the preliminary investigation.
However, the tribunal accepted Hagedorn’s arguments because it defined such defects may very well be corrected by amending the charge sheets.
“The prosecution did not commit a mistake in charging the proper offense; rather, it merely failed to file an Information sufficient to charge the offense it intended to charge,” it defined.
Also, the court docket didn’t discover preliminary investigation carried out by the Ombudsman which lasted for 3 years and 5 months to be unreasonable and violative of his proper to the speedy disposition of his case.
Hagedorn was accused of having didn’t precisely declare his SALNs from 2004 to 2012 as a result of he excluded itemizing his actual properties, motor autos, and company/enterprise pursuits.