Former LandBank exec faces perjury raps

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THE Office of the Ombudsman filed five counts of perjury cases before the Sandiganbayan against former LandBank Branch Manager Artemio San Juan Jr., for alleged false declarations in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 1999 to 2003.

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Assistant Special Prosecutor III Omar Sagadal, in the charge sheets filed last March 14, alleged that San Juan failed to disclose his supposed business interests in Julia Club and Restaurant Co., bank deposits totalling P9.1 million, and shares of stock worth P8.6 million.

San Juan also allegedly declared that the acquisition cost of his house and lot in Antipolo, Rizal was P950,000 when it was supposedly only P150,000.

Quoting its resolution in a statement issued on Friday, the Ombudsman said that “[I]t is highly implausible that these wrongful declarations and omissions were inadvertently made, considering these were committed several times and for consecutive years,” it alleged.

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