THE Office of the Ombudsman has filed five counts of perjury before the Sandiganbayan against Artemio San Juan, Jr., former Landbank branch manager, of Binangonan, Rizal, for alleged false declarations in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 1999 to 2003.
Assistant Special Prosecutor III Omar Sagadal said in the charge sheets filed last March 14 that San Juan failed to disclose his supposed business interests in Julia Club and Restaurant Company, bank deposits totaling P9.1 million, and shares of stocks worth P8.6 million.
The defendant also allegedly declared that the acquisition cost of his house and lot in Antipolo, Rizal, was P950,000, when it was supposedly P150,000 only.
Quoting its resolution in a statement issued Friday, the Ombudsman said, “By making wrongful declarations and omitting to declare his business interests, various bank accounts and shares of stocks that he owned for several consecutive years, the respondent did not submit a true detailed sworn statement of assets and sources of income.”
The Ombudsman added, “[I]t is highly implausible that these wrongful declarations and omissions were inadvertently made, considering these were committed several times and for consecutive years.” REINA LEANNE TOLENTINO