BOC Official Jeopardizes Own Post Over Serious SALN Woes

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For providing fabricated, misleading and incomprehensive details in his sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs), Bureau of Custom’s (BOC) Atty. MANUEL C. RELORCASA, Supervising Customs Operations Officer, is facing criminal and administrative indictments for the following violations of law: Republic Act 3019, as amended; Republic Act 6713; Article 171 (4) and Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code for Falsification of Official Documents and Perjury; Serious Dishonesty and Grave Misconduct under applicable Civil Service rules and regulations.

In its sworn complaint filed on April 19, 2012, the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) of the Department of Finance (DOF) averred that Atty. Relorcasa consistently misled authorities when he declared in his 2000 to 2010 SALNs that he owned a house and lot in Albay Province, allegedly claimed to have been acquired in 1980. However, supporting records obtained by RIPS belied his deceptive statement because the said property was already transferred to Home Development Mutual Fund since July 2, 1999 and thereafter to a certain Emmanuel R. Pesebre.

In the course of its official investigation, RIPS likewise stumbled upon Atty. Relorcasa’s other real properties located in Antipolo, Rizal, Baras, Rizal and Libon, Albay, as declared in his 2010 SALN, which acquisitions were spread out between the years 1992 and 2007. Verification by RIPS with the Assessor’s Office of the respective jurisdictions clearly revealed that there were no real properties registered under his name in the said places, contrary to his claims of ownership. 

The anti-corruption arm of the Finance Department also successfully kept tab on Atty. Relorcasa’s undeclared landholdings, consisting of an agricultural land with an area of .8595 hectares, as well as residential land with an area of 500 square meters, located in Anislag, Daraga, Albay, which remained unaccounted for in his SALNs.

Lastly, in a highly atypical fashion, Atty. Relorcasa likewise omitted to disclose the name and personal circumstances of his spouse, Shirley Llona, in his SALNs and Personal Data Sheet (PDS), despite that he stated therein that he was a married individual, blatantly indicating “N/A” opposite the item “Spouse Name”.

Said RIPS in its complaint, “respondent’s false declarations in his SALNs with respect his alleged ownership of real properties located in Antipolo, Rizal, Baras, Rizal and Libon, Albay, where certifications from the assessor’s offices of said cities/municipalities/province state otherwise; his failure to declare in his SALNs the agricultural and residential land located in Anislag, Daraga, Albay, covered by Tax Declaration No. 02-005-0132 registered under his name; and his failure to disclose in his PDS and SALNs the name and personal circumstances of his spouse Shirley Llona, amount to violations of Section 7 of R.A. 3019 and Section 8 of R.A. 6713 which enjoin all public officials to make an honest, truthful, full and complete disclosure in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth. Additionally, by making incorrect and untruthful declarations in his SALNs and PDS, respondent is also liable for violations of Article 171 (4) and Article 183 of the Revise Penal Code for Falsification and Perjury respectively. Finally, respondent’s acts likewise of making untruthful declarations in his SALNS and PDS give rise to administrative liabilities of Serious Dishonesty and Grave Misconduct, considered as grave offenses under applicable Civil Service rules and regulations.”

Atty. Relorcasa may be placed under preventive suspension without pay pending investigation of the administrative and criminal cases against him pursuant to the Ombudsman’s express power under Section 24 of “The Ombudsman Act of 1989”.

          At present, RIPS has initiated one hundred eight (108) graft and lifestyle cases against one hundred forty nine (149) personalities and successfully secured sixty-one (61) suspensions from office and twenty-one (21) dismissals from service. *****

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