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Ex-Manila councilor faces raps over SALN.

MANILA, PhilippinesA former city councilor of Manila was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly failing to declare the business interests of his wife in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or SALN.Former councilor Roderick Valbuena was charged with two counts of falsification of public documents under Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code.

Based on the charge sheets filed by the ombudsman before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, Valbuena "willfully and unlawfully" made untruthful statements in his SALN when he assumed office in July 2010, as well as in his SALN for April in that same year.Under Section 8 of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employee, all government officials and employees must file their SALNswithin 30 daysafter assumption of office, and on or beforeApril 30of every year thereafter, andwithin 30 daysafter separation from the service.

Required to be disclosed in one's SALN are the assets, liabilities and net worth as well as financial and business interests as of December 31 of every year, including those of his or her spouse and of unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their household.According to the charge sheets, prepared by graft investigation and prosecution officer Lucielo Ramirez Jr.

, Valbuena failed to disclose in his SALNs both for July and April 2010, his wife Aileen's business interests in a restaurant Etchetera Caffee and in a cosmological courier services venture.element-invisibleNation ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1The ombudsman said Valbuena also failed to declare his wife's ownership of a KIA Panoramic Utility Vehicle with license plate number XGP-997.Valbuena's untruthful declaration in his SALNs had caused "damage and prejudice to public interest," the ombudsman added.

The charge sheets were approved by overall deputy ombudsman Melchor Arthur Carandang on July 26, 2017 but the cases were formally filed at the Sandiganbayan only on Jan. 23, 2018.The ombudsman recommended P48,000 bail bond in exchange for Valbuena's provisional liberty.

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Date:Jan 27, 2018
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