For not declaring five motorcycles, ex-Dinagat Islands mayor faces trial

Gwendolyn Ecleo, former Mayor of Dinagat Islands. contributed photo

MANILA, Philippines–For failure to declare five motorcycles, the former Mayor of Dinagat Islands is facing charges of perjury as she misrepresented her Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to charge former Dinagat Islands mayor Gwendolyn Ecleo with three counts of perjury as penalized under Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code.

The charges against Ecleo comes after the Ombudsman found several misrepresentations in the respondent’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for the years 2006, 2007 and 2010.

Official records from the Land Transportation Office showed that Ecleo purchased and registered five motorcycles in 2006. None of these assets, however, were declared in her SALNs.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales stated in the Resolution that, “without doubt, respondent asserted a falsehood here when she omitted the foregoing vehicles in her 2006, 2007 and 2010 SALNs with the intent that these statements should be received as truth despite their falsity.”

Carpio stated Ecleo is legally bound to file true and detailed SALNs.

The Ombudsman noted that her SALNs were prepared by Dinagat’s Human Resource Office personnel which ” does not justify her failure to make true, complete and accurate declarations therein. In fact, this proves that she was consciously ignorant of her SALN’s truthfulness.”

Perjury is committed by a person for omitting to declare material information that is required to be made under