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30 April 2012

BOC official, Atty. Manuel C. Relorcasa, charged for misleading SALN

For providing fabricated, misleading, and incomprehensive details in his sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth (SALN), the Bureau of Custom’s (BOC) Supervising Customs Operations Officer Atty. Manuel C. Relorcasa is facing criminal and administrative indictments in violation of Republic Act 3019, as amended; Republic Act 6713; Article 171 (4) and Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code; serious dishonesty and grave misconduct under the applicable rules and regulations of Civil Service.
In the 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 a house and lot in the province of Albay, allegedly acquired in 1980. However, supporting records obtained by RIPS belied his statement because the said property was transferred to Home Development Mutual Fund since July 2, 1999 to a certain Emmanuel R. Pesebre.
Contrary to Atty. Relorcasa claims of ownership with properties in Antipolo, Rizal; Baras, Rizal; and Libon, Albay, RIPS discovered that there were no properties registered under his name in the said areas.
RIPS successfully kept tab on Atty. Relorcasa’s undeclared landholdings, consisting of an agricultural land with an area of .8595 hectares, as well as a residential land with an area of 500 square meters, in Anislag, Daraga, Albay.
Furthermore, Atty. Relorcasa failed to disclose the name and personal circumstances of his spouse, Shirley Llona, in his SALNs and Personal Data Sheet (PDS) despite stating that he was married.
Atty. Relorcasa may be placed under preventive suspension without pay pending the 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.”
RIPS has initiated 108 graft and lifestyle cases against 149 personalities and successfully secured 61 suspensions from office and twenty-one 21 dismissals from service.

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