A HIGH-RANKING police officer in Baguio City is facing charges at the Sandiganbayan over his unexplained wealth.
The Office of the Ombudsman filed a civil case against Police Chief Supt. Eugene Gabriel Martin and his family for acquiring undeclared properties between 1997 and 2005.
The assets, worth P9.06 million, include real properties and vehicles.
Also charged are Martin’s wife Priscilla, his children Kathleen Ira and Kurt Walter and his mother Salma.
According to the anti-graft body, Gabriel’s wealth substantially increased based on his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth from 1999 to 2003. It said that Martin’s net worth increased to more than P3.8 million in 2003, or a P929,427 more than the P2.5 million he declared in 1999.
Martin also had properties across the region: a lot valued at P300,000, a cockpit arena (P968,830), a farm and a residential building in Pugo, La Union province, and two houses in Baguio City—all of them undeclared.
He also had a Mitsubishi Strada valued at P910,000, a Nissan Patrol Wagon (P2.4 million), Cherokee Grand Jeep (P2.65 million), and a Suzuki Jimny Jeep (P664,000) which were registered in the name of his wife and children.
Also, travel expenses to Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Seoul between 1997 and 2005 totalling P269,810 were traced to Priscilla, Kathleen Ira and Salma.
“If declared and considered in the computation of his net worth, [it]may give a well-founded belief that he has accumulated wealth grossly disproportionate to his legitimate income,” the Ombudsman said.
It urged the Sandiganbayan to issue a preliminary attachment for these discovered assets so that the government can seize if found to be ill-gotten.