Ex-Customs commissioner pleads guilty in hidden wealth case, is slapped with P15,000 fine
The Sandiganbayan has slapped a P15,000 fine against former Bureau of Customs (BOC) deputy commissioner Prudencio Reyes, Jr., after he pleaded guilty in his case concerning his failure to declare certain assets in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs).
In a recent 8-page decision, the court’s 6th Division found Reyes guilty of three counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
“Having pleaded guilty to the charges in the information, the accused is deemed to have admitted all the material facts alleged therein,” read the decision penned by Associate Justice Sarah Jane Fernandez.
Reyes admitted that he failed to disclose his business interests and financial connections in All in One Entertainment Corp., Prudence Group of Companies Inc., and his 2005 Honda TMX125 motorcycle with plate number TO7291.
The cases concerned his SALNs for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.
On the other hand, the court allowed the prosecution to withdraw Reyes’s falsification case involving his alleged false statement in his personal data sheet.
Reyes was accused of falsely claiming that he was a rank-1 career executive service officer, when he was not actually eligible.
The prosecution belatedly assessed that its evidence would not be enough to convict Reyes of falsification.
The court agreed, noting that Reyes had “relied—whether rightly or wrongly—on the appointment made by the Office of the President” and could not be said to have made an absolutely false statement.