Ex-Samar town mayor sanctioned on SALN discrepancies

MANILA-- The Office of the Ombudsman has sanctioned former Balangiga, Samar Mayor Viscuso De Lira with six months suspension without pay for violating Section 11 of Republic Act No. 6713, or the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees".

However, in view of his separation from office, the penalty is convertible to a fine equivalent to his salary for six months.

Ombudsman probers found that in the joint Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) filed by De Lira in 2013, he undervalued his 2010 Nissan Patrol Super Safari by declaring its value as only PHP1.8 million when its actual price is PHP3,048,480.

Likewise, De Lira failed to declare his ownership over 10 high-powered firearms in his 2011 to 2013 SALNs.

In a separate resolution of the case, the Ombudsman had earlier indicted De Lira and his wife, Emelita De Lira, for three counts of perjury and three counts of violation of Section 8 of RA No. 6713.

Republic Act No. 6713 obliges every public official and employee to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of, and the public has the right to know, their assets, liabilities and net worth and financial and business interest including those of their spouse and of unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households.

Failure to do so shall be punished with a fine not exceeding the equivalent of six months' salary or suspension not exceeding one year.

Source: Philippine News Agency