Dumingag vice mayor dismissed, charged over SALN irregularity

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The Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday dismissed Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur Vice Mayor Nacianceno Pacalioga Jr. for deliberately omitting several properties from his 2011, 2012, and 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs).

The vice mayor, formerly mayor of Dumingag, was charged with “Falsification of Official Document and Serious Dishonesty” for failing to declare 10 parcels of land located in different barangays of the municipality.

“The records of this case clearly show that respondent deliberately failed to declare his ownership of the real properties in his 2011, 2012, and 2014 SALNs,” the Ombudsman said in a statement.

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“The incomplete declaration of respondent’s assets in his SALNs constitutes Falsification while his deceptive acts qualify as Serious Dishonesty,” the Ombudsman added.

It also found probable cause to indict Pacalioga with three counts of perjury and three counts of violation of Section 8 in relation to Section 11 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).

According to the release, the vice mayor reasoned that he had no need  to declare the properties since he had waived his rights over them in favor of the Dumingag United Subanen Association, Inc. and a certain Roel Dumayon prior to 2011.

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It was noted that Pacalioga also faces accessory penalties of cancellation of eligibility, forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for re-employment in the government service.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been directed by the Ombudsman to implement the penalties imposed upon the vice mayor.

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