• Ex-irrigation official in trouble over SALN

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    The Office of the Ombudsman said it has found probable cause to file perjury and breach of conduct charges at the Sandiganbayan against former National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region X Manager Julius Maquiling over an allegedly false statement in his 2009 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

    Based on a statement issued by the Ombudsman on Wednesday, Maquiling declared in his 2009 SALN that he had no existing business interests and financial undertakings.

    According to the office, however, a lifestyle check investigation revealed that Maquiling owned JS Maquiling Marketing.

    “Respondent’s defense that he did not declare this because such business is sporadic and isolated is belied by the Income Statement and the Annual Income Tax Return he filed with the BIR. Evidently, respondent made a willful and deliberate assertion of a falsehood,” the Ombudsman quoted its resolution, referring to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

    According to the office, “Maquiling contended that he did not intend to conceal his assets and that the non-declaration of his trucking business was borne of his understanding that a business must be regular, continuous and habitual in order to be considered material for declaration in the SALN.”

    But the Ombudsman found upon investigation that the business had “significant” financial returns.
    JS Maquiling Marketing reported gross sales of P518,684 to the BIR in 2009, the office said.

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