Zamboanga del Sur town vice mayor dismissed for SALNs irregularity

MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed former Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor and now Vice Mayor Nacianceno Pacalioga Jr. for falsification of official document and serious dishonesty by deliberately omitting several real properties from his 2011, 2012 and 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs).

Pacalioga was also meted the accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for reemployment in the government service.

The Ombudsman ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to implement the penalty imposed upon Pacalioga.

In the related criminal case, the Ombudsman also found probable cause to indict the respondent for three counts of perjury and three counts of violation of Section 8 in relation to Section 11 of Republic Act No. 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Records showed that in the questioned SALNs, Pacalioga failed to declare 10 parcels of land located in different barangays of Dumingag.

The respondent, however, asserted that he did not need to declare the real properties as he had already waived his rights over them in favor of the Dumingag United Subanen Association, Inc. and a certain Roel Dumayon prior to 2011.

Upon careful study, the Ombudsman found the documents questionable as the quitclaims do not mention any of the properties he is being accused of failing to declare.

The Ombudsman said that the records of this case clearly show that respondent deliberately failed to declare his ownership of the real properties in his 2011, 2012, and 2014 SALNs.

The incomplete declaration of respondent's assets in his SALNs constitutes Falsification while his deceptive acts qualify as Serious Dishonesty, it added.

Source: Philippine News Agency