A lower court convicted 11 local officials from Manila for failing to file their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) from 2009 to 2011, according to the Office of the Ombudsman.
In a statement on Tuesday, May 16, Judge Andy de Vera of Branch 28 of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Manila handed down the guilty verdict against:
Barangay Chairman Jose Cayanan, Jr.; Kagawads Rexon Cortez, Dalmacio DV Salcedo, Leila Pasicolan, Lagrimas Taño, Simplico Cañeda, Jr., Julita Lizardo, Gilda Surio, Sergio Bondoc; Barangay Secretary Salvacion Rotor; and SK Chairperson Xazel Yunich Zea Caguioa of Barangay 468, Zone 46, District IV.
During the trial, all the accused pleaded guilty to the charge of violation of Section 8 in relation to Section 11 of Republic Act No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees). The court sentenced them to pay a fine of P1,000.00 for each count of violation of the law.