Sulu politicians charged for SALN violations PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 June 2017 16:27

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of charges in court against former vice governor Abdusakur M. Tan of Sulu,as well as his son, Mayor Samier Tan of  Maimbung municipality including former Lugusmunicipal mayor Al-ZhudurieAsmadun for allegedly failure to file their respective Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

Incumbent Sulu Governor Abdusakur A. Tan II and former mayor Abdusali K. Asmadun of Lugus municipality were cleared from SALN violations, but the governor was subjected to further investigation on allegations of having accumulated ill-gotten wealth.

The findings of the Ombudsman stemmed from the Affidavit-Complaint dated December 7, 2015 for violation of Section 7 of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act), in relation to Section 8 of R.A. No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) filed on December 10, 2015 by complainant TemogenSahipaTulawieagainst the respondents.

Ombudsman ConchitaCarpio Morales, in a resolution which she approved and a copy of which wasfurnished counsel for complainant, ordered the filing of five (5) counts of violations of Republic Act 6713 against the then vice governor for failure to file his SALNs during his terms in public office from 2007 to 2011.

His son, Mayor Samier Tan, was also found culpable for non-filing of his SALNs for years 2010 and 2011. Al-ZhudurieAsmadun, meanwhile, who was then mayor of Lugus, similarly failedto file SALNs from 2010 to 2014, according to the findings of the Ombudsman.

“WHEREFORE, there exists probable cause to indict respondent Abdusakur M. Tan of five counts of violations of Section 8, RA 6713; respondent SamierAbubakar Tan of two counts of the same provision; and respondent Al-Zhudurie L. Asmadun of five counts of violation of the said provision. Let information(s) for such crime be filed in the appropriate court,” the Ombudsman’s resolution read.

The complaint against incumbent Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II for filing his unverified SALNs for 2013 and 2014 was considered a mere administrative lapse and was dismissed for lack of probable cause.

A similar charge against respondent Abdulsali K. Asmadun, then mayor of Lugus town, was also dismissed on the ground of prescription.

However, the Ombudsman referred to the Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao to further investigate Governor Tan II for his alleged ill-gotten wealth after complainant Tulawie claimed a “dramatic increase” in the governor’s declared cash in bank from P1,868,133 in 2013 to P31,866,366.33 in 2014.

“With regard to his (alleged) ill-gotten wealth, since there is no sufficient evidence presented as to the source of the increase in his cash in bank in 2014, the same is best referred to the OMB-Min Field Investigation Unit for further investigation,” the resolution read.

The resolution was signed by Marianne M. Macayra, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II; reviewed by Marco Anacleto P. Buena, Officer-in-Charge, Evaluation and Investigation Bureau – B; recommended for approval by Rodolfo M. Elman, Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao and finally approved by Ombudsman Morales. (PR)