Ex-comptroller Ligot gets 6 years over undeclared properties

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The Sandiganbayan has sentenced former military comptroller Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot to six years in prison for failing to declare several properties in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs).

In a recent 74-page decision, the court’s 1st Division found Ligot guilty of six counts of perjury relating to his SALNs for the year 1998 to 2003.

The court said Ligot deliberately failed to disclose his wife’s ownership of a condominium unit at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, as well as two units in Paseo Parkview Tower II in Makati City which were bought through alleged dummy Miguela Paragas.

Ligot also failed to disclose the value of improvements to the Imbayao farm in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon (purchased in the name of his son Paulo), as well as the acquisition of two vehicles in the name of his children Paulo and Riza.

Also undeclared were the acquisition of a parcel of land in Tanay, Rizal, and a property in Anaheim, California, as well as proceeds of the sale of an Essensa East condominium unit, and investments in Armed Forces & Police Savings & Loan Association Inc. (AFPSLAI).

Meanwhile, Ligot was acquitted of five other counts of perjury concerning his SALNs for the years 1993 to 1997 for failure of the prosecution to prove his alleged concealment of a property in Susana Heights and his purchase of a Honda Accord vehicle.

Ligot was acquitted only last January by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) of P459.78-million tax evasion charges for the years 2001 to 2004 in relation to these same properties. Unlike Ombudsman prosecutors in the Sandiganbayan, Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors in the CTA failed to produce evidence of Ligot’s guilt.

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