DOF-RIPS files raps against Mindanao Customs officer

Posted in: Press Releases- Aug 07, 2013 No Comments

It is business as usual for the anti-corruption arm of the Department
of Finance, as it confronts a Customs official for his failure to
account for several assets and business interest in his sworn
Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs).

The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) initiated
administrative and criminal complaints with the Office of the
Ombudsman on August 2, 2013 against Liling Domato Comayog, currently
assigned as Assistant Customs Operations Officer at the Bureau of
Customs’ (BOC) Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT), Cargo
Control Section, who failed to report his real properties, private
vehicles, a firearm, and his taxi service business, in violation of
Section 7, Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; Section 8 of the Code
of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees;
and Falsification of Official Documents and Perjury under the Revised
Penal Code.

An examination of Comayog’s SALNs filed for the years 2004 to 2010
revealed that he consistently reported a house and lot located in
Cagayan De Oro City. However, in the course of the investigation, it
was established that Comayog only declared for tax purposes a
two-storey residential building located at Block 3, Lot 9, Barra,
Macabalan, Cagayan De Oro City, since the lot upon which the house was
erected was owned by the National Housing Authority (NHA), as
evidenced by a tax declaration and certification from the City
Assessor’s Office of the said locality.

“Hence, respondent has falsely declared that he owns a parcel of land
in Cagayan de Oro City when no such real property is declared under
his name for taxation purposes. Worse, respondent failed to declare
the Two-storey residential building in his SALN for 2011,” RIPS stated
in its complaint.

On the other hand, Comayog’s house and lot in Johndorf, Barra, Opol,
Misamis Oriental was discovered to have been owned by Comayog since
2008 but which was only declared in his SALN filed for 2011.
Supporting documents obtained from the Municipal Assessor of Opol
confirmed that the same residential property was previously registered
to the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) but which was conveyed to
Comayog by virtue of a 2008 Deed of Absolute Sale.

Said RIPS in its complaint, “Considering that said residential land
and building were sold to respondent in 2008, he should have declared
them in his SALNs for 2008 to 2011.”

Aside from undeclared real properties, Comayog likewise made it appear
in his 2009 to 2011 SALNs that he only owned a Honda CRV worth seven
hundred thousand pesos (Php700,000.00), when it was discovered that
there were six (6) other motor vehicles which were registered under
his name and his spouse, Sonaya A. Comayog, comprising of four (4)
units of Toyota Vios, a Honda CRV, and a Toyota Hilux, based on the
official records from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and all of
which were not duly reported in his SALNs in the said years.

Incidentally, as borne from the LTO records, four (4) Toyota Vios
sedans which belonged to Comayog were classified “for hire”. As RIPS
observed in its complaint, “Undoubtedly, respondent and his wife, who
is the registered owner of said motor vehicles, are engaged in the
business of common carriage. Hence, respondent should have also
declared it as a business interest and financial connection in his
SALNs and disclosed therein when they acquired the same.” There was
nary an indication that Comayog’s taxi service was declared as
business interest in his SALNs.

Comayog also failed to declare in his SALNs a Pistol 45 BRSA Mini
Thunder DT which was verified to be his on the basis of a
certification issued by the Firearms and Explosives Office of the
Philippine National Police (PNP-FEO).

Comayog is facing additional administrative charges for Grave
Misconduct and Dishonesty under pertinent Civil Service Rules for the
same offenses.

Considerably, the Office of the Ombudsman may place Comayog under
preventive suspension without pay pending investigation of the
administrative and criminal cases against the latter pursuant to
Section 24, Republic Act 6770, or the Ombudsman Act of 1989.

As mandated by Executive Order No. 259, series of 2003, RIPS, at
present, has initiated one hundred forty-three (143) graft and
lifestyle cases against one hundred eighty-six (186) personalities and
secured sixty-two (62) suspensions from office and twenty-two (22)
dismissals from the service.

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