Customs, Cebu officer convicted

A Customs officer and a provincial disbursing officer have been convicted over separate charges filed by the Office of the Ombudsman.
The Metropolitan Trial Court of the City of Manila on Oct. 30, 2013 convicted Customs operations officer V Pier Angeli Sealtiel for non-disclosure of some of her assets in her statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth from 1994 to 2005.
She was fined P5,000 for each of 10 incomplete SALNs or P50,000.
“The case stemmed from Sealtiel’s non-disclosure in her SALNs two parcels of adjacent land and one apartment unit in Parañaque City registered in the name of her husband Leonilo and his siblings as co-owners,” Ed Diansuy, Ombudsman Media Affairs chief, said in a statement.
On Oct. 31, Cebu Regional Trial Court Branch 20 convicted disbursing officer of the Cebu Provincial Treasurer’s Office for malversation of public funds, drawing a prison term of eight years and perpetual disqualification from holding public office.
Rabuya’s case arose from his P57,505.02 shortage of Special Education Funds discovered after the Commission on Audit Cash Examination on Dec. 20, 1994.
On trial, he said there was no proof of the alleged shortage that was used for personal benefit.
The Ombudsman-Visayas Prosecution Bureau presented evidence that Rabuya had failed to account for P57,505.02 missing in funds entrusted to her.

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