Sandiganbayan fines Tawi-Tawi ex-governor over SALN errors
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Former Tawi-Tawi governor Sadikul Sahali pleaded guilty to charges of irregularities in the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) he filed from 2007 to 2012, the Ombudsman said on Monday, October 2.
In a statement, the Ombudsman said the Sandiganbayan ordered Sahali to pay P30,000 for violating Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees or the Republic Act 6713.
The Ombudsman said Sahali’s SALNs between 2007 and 2011 “were not subscribed before a notary public” while his 2012 SALN did not bear his signature. “All SALNs were also submitted beyond the April 30 deadline,” the Ombudsman added.
The former governor was brought into court in December 2015 over the said issue. In case of insolvency, the Ombudsman said Sahali could be imprisoned.
Sahali served as governor of Tawi-Tawi from 2004- 2013. Tawi-Tawi is among the provinces under the jurisdiction of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. – Rappler.com
Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that, although the statement about the fine came from the Ombudsman, the order was made by the Sandiganbayan.