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A lieutenant of Philippine presidential candidate Jejomar Binay in hot water

Makati City Hall building © en.wikipedia.org
Makati City Hall building © en.wikipedia.org
OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio Morales has approved the filing of multiple charges of Falsification against former Makati City administrator Nicanor Santiago, Jr.  in connection with false disclosures in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).
 
Carpio said Santiago, a lieutenant of former Makati City mayor now presidential bet Vice President Jejomar Binay, deliberately failed to declare his business interests in Transport Affiliates Corporation, Ocinakire Akkenad, Inc., and North Star Cable TV, Inc. from 2002 to 2005.
Presidential bet and former Makati City mayor VP Jejomar Binay ©Kicker Daily News
Presidential bet and former Makati City mayor VP Jejomar Binay ©Kicker Daily News

Binay, Santiago and several others are facing graft charges in connection with several questionable transactions as Makati City local government unit officials.

In an eight-page Resolution, the Ombudsman stated that “a perusal of respondent’s SALNs for calendar years 2002 to 2005 shows no business interest or financial connections.”
 
According to Ombudsman Morales, “as a public officer, (Santiago) has the legal obligation under Section 8 of RA 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees), to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of, and the public has the right to know, their assets, liabilities, net worth, and financial and business interests.”
 
She added that “(Santiago) did it for four consecutive years thereby clearly showing respondent’s deliberate intent to hide his business interests.”
 
Under Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code, Falsification is committed by a public officer who makes untruthful statements in a narration of facts which are absolutely false. 
Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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