THE Office of the Ombudsman has secured the conviction of a Bureau of Customs officer for misrepresenting his wealth in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
The Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila ordered Customs operations officer Francis Voltaire Azaña to pay a fine of P1,000 for each count or a total of P6,000 for violating Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Azaña, in his SALN from 2009 to 2014, failed to truthfully declare the acquisition cost of a house and lot in Bataan amounting to P400,000 and a bank housing loan of P4 million.
He also failed to state his bank deposits and the acquisition cost of a Toyota Corolla Altis worth P550,000.
During the re-arraignment, Azaña changed his plea from “not guilty” to “guilty” and assured the court that he fully understood the nature and consequences of the change of plea.
Section 8 of R.A. No. 6713 mandates public officials and employees to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests. Failure to make a true and accurate declaration gives rise to criminal penalties as provided under Section 11 of R.A. No. 6713.