FORMER military comptroller Jacinto Ligot pleaded “not guilty” to his 11 counts of perjury on Thursday.
The retired lieutenant general was present before the Sandiganbayan First Division to enter a plea of “not guilty” in the alleged falsification that he committed in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.
Assisted by lawyer Benjamin Santos, Ligot’s plea will push the proceedings into a full-blown trial where the Office of the Ombudsman asserts that he “made a deliberate assertion of falsehood” in his wealth report.
According to the Ombudsman, Ligot did not disclose assets in his 1993 to 2003 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs), which corresponds to his 11-count charge.
The anti-graft agency said that Ligot did not declare his residential lot in Susana IV, Muntinlupa City in his 1993 to 1997 SALNs, as well as a Honda Accord and a condominium unit in Bases Conversion and Development Authority in Taguig City.
Between 1999 to 2001, he failed to stipulate his unit in Burgundy Plaza, two units in Paseo Parkview, Tower 2, and four farm lots in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon province.
He allegedly also had a Subaru Forester, a Isuzu Elf, a Toyoto Hi-Lux and a Hilander, a parcel of lot in Tanay, Rizal province, investments in the Armed Forces and Police Savings & Loan Association Inc., which were not mentioned in his 2002 SALN.
For the 2003 asset report, a house in Anaheim, California and unit at Essensa East Forbes in Taguig City were reportedly kept under wraps.
Preliminary conference is slated on September 9 and 10, while pre-trial conference is on September 26.
On top of the perjury cases, Ligot is also facing two forfeiture cases in the Sandiganbayan, the last of which was filed this month in line with the recovery of P55-million bank accounts.