RIPS PROMPTS OMB INVESTIGATION ON 2 BOC OFFICIALS OVER SALN BREACH, OTHER RAPS

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On May 23, 2013, the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) initiated administrative and criminal complaints for violating laws on sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) and pertinent Civil Service Rules with the Office of the Ombudsman against NORSALEM RAYMOND M. MAMA-O and NOEL RICO ABELEDA GUIAO, both designated as Customs Operations Officer III at the Bureau of Customs.

Mama-o, a Customs Operations Officer III at the Manila International Container Port (MICP), is accused of failing to file his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth over a span of several years. Likewise, with regard to his filed SALNs, RIPS charges Mama-o of stating fraudulent and misleading information, as well as failing to declare several real and personal properties.

RIPS’ complaint states that at the beginning of the investigation, the agency was able to acquire Mama-o’s SALNs for the years 2002 and 2007-2011. However, certification obtained from the BOC’s Human Resource Management Division (HRMD) shows that there are no copies of his SALNs on file for the years 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Also, Mama-o of failing to declare several real properties situated on the towns of Baras, Binangonan, and Taytay in the Province of Rizal. A certification that RIPS obtained from the Office of the Provincial Assessor of Rizal shows that such properties are registered under the name of his spouse, Joyce de Belen Mama-o. Likewise, the certification also notes that there is also one property in Morong, Rizal registered under the names of the couple.
Another certification from the Quezon City Assessor’s Office shows the spouses’ ownership of two real properties that they had owned until 2009. In addition, yet another certification from the Office of the City Assessor of San Juan shows that Mama-o and a certain Meljune M. Mama-o are the registered owners of a two-storey residential apartment and the parcel of land on which it is erected.

Mama-o is also accused of fraud for declaring a number of real properties in Imus, Cavite when the Assessor of the said city certified that there is only one residential lot registered as a conjugal property between Mama-o and his spouse.

RIPS also accuses Mama-o of having misleadingly declared ownership of several vehicles. Mama-o’s SALN shows his ownership of several vehicles. However, documentation from the Land Transportation Office states that there is only one vehicle, a 2010 Hyundai Tucson, registered under Mama-o’s spouse.

Certification from the Firearms and Explosives Office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) shows that Mama-o is a registered owner of a firearm but which was not declared in his SALN as his personal asset.

The complaint further states that Mama-o falsely declared a business interest. In his 2011 SALN, Mama-o listed a certain “Niakawa Taxi” transportation business as registered under his wife’s name. However, certification from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) shows that no record of any Certificate of Public Convenience or Order exists authorizing the operation of such a taxi service.

Section 7 of Republic Act No. 3019 and Section 8 of Republic Act 6713 require all public officials to disclose a true, detailed and complete inventory of their assets, liabilities, net worth and business interests and financial connections including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under eighteen (18) years of age living in their households.

Mama-o is also accused of travelling out of the country without the requisite travel authority. Certification from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) shows that he had left the Philippines for Hong Kong from January 23 to February 12, 1997. Executive Order 6, series of 1986 requires that all travels abroad of government officials and employees must always by the heads of their ministries or government-owned and controlled corporations.

Guiao, also a Customs Operations Officer III at the Port of Clark, Pampanga, made parallel violations in his SALNs.

RIPS complaint averred that Guiao failed to disclose a residential property in Cainta, Rizal despite certification from the Registry of Deeds of Rizal showing his ownership of such since 1996. He also failed to disclose the Chinabank real mortgage loan of P 2,300,000 as his liability covering the Cainta property in his SALNs.

Guiao likewise failed to declare three (3) firearms in his SALNs, as certification from the PNP shows that he is the registered owner thereof.

Apart from his non-disclosure of his properties and loan in his SALNs, Guiao also made lumping declarations of his vehicles, instead of individually naming them in his SALNs. Records from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) show that a Harley Davidson motorcycle is currently registered under his name, while a Kia SUV is currently registered to his wife, Catherine C. Guiao.

The Department of Finance’s anti-graft arm also maintains that there is evidence supporting Guiao’s failure to submit his SALN for the years 2001 and 2003, based on a certification issued by the BOC’s HRMD.

Lastly, Guiao is accused of falsifying his educational qualifications for his current position as Customs Operations Officer III. In his Personal Data Sheet (PDS), Guiao indicated that he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major at the Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA), and attended the said educational institution from 1980 to 1984. However, a certification obtained from PSBA notes that Guiao is an undergraduate, having enrolled in the institution from the first semester of 1981-1982 up to the second semester of 1984-1985.

Pending preliminary investigation on both Customs officials, the Office of the Ombudsman has the prerogative to place them under preventive suspension pursuant to its express powers under the “Ombudsman Act of 1989”. □□□□□

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