Ombudsman files perjury raps vs. ex-LBP branch manager

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has filed five counts of perjury before the Sandiganbayan against former Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) branch manager Artemio San Juan Jr. for false declarations made in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 1999 to 2003.

In its resolution released on Friday, the Ombudsman said it found that San Juan deliberately failed to disclose his business interests in Julia Club and Restaurant Company, bank deposits totaling Php9.1 million and shares of stock worth Php8.6 million.

“By making wrongful declarations and omitting to declare his business interests, various bank accounts and shares of stocks that he owned for several consecutive years, the respondent did not submit a true detailed sworn statement of assets and sources of income,” the resolution said.

The Ombudsman said “it is highly implausible that these wrongful declarations and omissions were inadvertently made, considering these were committed several times and for consecutive years.” PNA/