LANDBANK Chief charged for Twenty Years of alleged graft, perjury and falsification

Posted in: Press Releases- Jun 27, 2011 Comments Off on LANDBANK Chief charged for Twenty Years of alleged graft, perjury and falsification

On June 16, 2011, criminal and administrative charges were filed with the Office of the Ombudsman on June 16, 2011 by the Department of Finance-Revenue Integrity Protection Service (DOF-RIPS) against Gil Benavidez Noble, Division Chief of Land Bank of the Philippines at Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.

Noble began his government service in 1988 with a gross monthly salary of Php1,486.56. At present, he is receiving an annual salary of Php421,200.00.

The DOF-RIPS conducted an official investigation into the lifestyle, assets and properties of Noble, primarily upon a request of the Land Bank Central Office on account of numerous complaints against Noble concerning anomalous land transaction deals.

The DOF- RIPS Complaint-Affidavit filed by the DOF-RIPS with the Office of the Ombudsman alleged that Noble concealed his ownership of certain prime and valuable real estate properties and a fleet of motor vehicles by non-filing of sworn Statements of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Further, the Complaint-Affidavit provided that Noble failed to disclose his business interests and financial connections for the past twenty (20) years.

Upon further investigation, the DOF-RIPS also discovered that Noble failed to file his SALN for the past twenty (20) years of his government service, except for the years 1990 and 2000. Further, Noble did not declare any real property in his 1990 SALN, although he acquired a farm lot in 1989. The DOF-RIPS also discovered that there are other undeclared real properties including an industrial machine, residential and commercial building, rice lowland and a 500 square meter lot, registered under the name of Noble, as evidenced by their tax declarations.

Moreover, as verified by the DOF-RIPS with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Noble is the registered owner of several undeclared vehicles including an Isuzu Camper, a Honda Motorcycle and a Toyota Town Ace.

Noble is now facing charges for violations of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, R.A. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, R.A. 1379 or An Act Declaring Forfeiture in favor of the State Any Property found to have been Unlawfully Acquired by any Public Officer or Employee and Providing for the Proceedings therefore, as well as the Revised Penal Code.

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