Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has ordered a six-month suspension against Maguindanao Vice Gov. Lester Sinsuat for his failure to accurately declare his properties in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
Morales issued the order after Sinsuat was found guilty on administrative charge of simple negligence.
Aside from suspension, Morales also ordered the filing of four counts of perjury against Sinsuat before the Sandiganbayan.
Records showed that Sinsuat consistently failed to declare five agricultural lands, two commercial properties and a residential property in his 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 SALNs.
In his counter-affidavit, Sinsuat argued that he was not directly involved in processing the registration of properties under his name as he merely requests his staff to do so and that “it is a common practice and culture in his province to rely on word of honor in transactions involving real properties.”
Based on the decision, it showed that the “records sufficiently prove that respondent made a willful and deliberate assertion of a falsehood by materially omitting in his SALN for 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012, the real properties he acquired in those years.”
“[Sinsuat] failed to pay attention to the details of his SALN, resulting in the inaccuracy of crucial information,” as stated in the decision.