Sandigan runs after assets of Ligot kin

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IF not after former Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot himself, the Sandiganbayan is pursuing his relatives’ assets, believed to be ill gotten.

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The Sandiganbayan sheriff division informed the bench that they have detected bank accounts of Edgardo Yambao, brother-in-law of Ligot, in Metrobank.

Together with Ligot, Yambao is also implicated in the P55.6-million civil suit for alleged ill-gotten wealth of Ligot’s family and relatives filed in June.

When the Office of the Ombudsman filed the civil case, they asked the Sandiganbayan to issue a writ of preliminary attachment to freeze accounts, which was granted in an October 7 order.

In August, members of the garnishing team already moved to take hold of the bank account of Yambao—the exact amount undisclosed—in Addition Hills in San Juan City when they wrote the George Ty-owned bank about the presence of Yambao’s assets.

However, Tina Marie Sabado, chief of the bank’s garnishment head, said that there “was no garnishable funds” because Yambao’s accounts are on hold because of the freeze order.

Not to take chances, the Sheriff Division informed again the bank that in spite of the freeze order, they will immediately take possession of the accounts.

“We are effecting the garnishment on all the assets . . . instantaneously after the reglementary period of the freeze order expire or the court of origin decided to lift and set aside the order,” read the letter of Sheriff Alexander Valencia to Sabado.

Valencia reiterated in his October 9 letter that they are garnishing the accounts—whether the accounts are frozen or not—because of a preliminary attachment the court issued.

Tierra Verde

In October, Valencia, together with Allan Dator of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, also appeared at the Registrar of Deeds in Quezon City to issue a notice of levy on the parcel of lot of Gilda Velasquez, cousin of Ligot’s wife Erlinda.

The court officials were given last week a copy of Transfer Certificate Title 004-2013005745, which showed that Velasquez owned a lot in Tierra Verde II in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

The document showed that Velasquez owned more than half of the 456-square meter lot, the minority portion of which was owned by Velasquez’ children, Gino, Angela and Vinzon, who each has a one-eighth share of the lot.

The attached memorandum of encumbrance dated November 7, 2013 already showed that Velasquez’ five-eighths share “as having been levied” in connection with the Sandiganbayan’s order to freeze the parcel of lot.

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