Hagedorn faces 9 perjury raps

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Former Puerto Princesa City mayor Edward Hagedorn faces nine counts of perjury for falsification of public documents at the Office of the Ombudsman. The complaint was filed on Friday by Hukuman ng Mamamayan Movement Inc. (HMMI), laywer Bertini Causing and Alab ng Mamamahayag.

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The six-page complaint also includes charges of violation of sections seven, eight, and nine of Republic Act 6715 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees for Hagedorn’s alleged non-disclosure of businesses and companies.

Causing said that Hagedorn failed to include his seven other companies in his statement of
assets and liabilities and net worth (SALN) from 2004 to 2012 during his incumbency as mayor. Hagedorn only filed ESR Real Estate Lessor and Developer as his own company from 2010-2012.

Causing also said that Hagedorn declared no businesses from 2004 to 2008.

Supplementary documents were traced from Certified True Copies of Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Certificate of Registration, Articles of Incorporation, Latest General Information Sheet and Latest Financial Statement of the 7 companies.

According to the complaint, Hagedorn was a major stockholder and chairman of the board of Palawan Jolly Foods Corporation with 67% ownership. He is also the Chairman of Puerto Prince Bee Foods Corporation with 62% share.

Palawan Jolly Foods Corp. was registered in 1999 with sales revenues of P114 million in 2011 and 2012 based on SEC records.

He was also found to be a board member and stockholder of Hagedorn Travel and Tours, Radiant Homes Land Development RHLD Inc. and Radiant Forest Homes Development RFHD Inc.

Puerto Princesa Broadcasting Corp. was also traced as part of Hagedorn’s unsworn properties where he became board member and stockholder.

Hagedorn’s wife Ellen is also listed as company officer and director of the seven companies together with their children Eva Christie and Elroy.

Causing also filed an amendment complaint with the Ombudsman for conflict of interest against Hagedorn prior to the perjury charges. He said that Hagedorn applied for and secured mayor’s permits while he was the mayor of Puerto Princesa City.

“Would he have not issued mayor’s permits to his seven companies if they had lacked documentary and other requirements? Clearly, there was conflict of interest,” Causing said.

Candice Brillon

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