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From zero to P1M: Ombudsman suspends Cebu councilor over unexplained wealth

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Cebu City Councilor Jose Daluz III has been suspended for six months by the Office of the Ombudsman after his alleged failure to explain the sudden increase in his personal properties from 2006 to 2007.

Graft investigation and prosecution officer II Carmelle Baybay-Suson said Daluz was found guilty of less serious dishonesty.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by the Field Investigation Office of the Ombudsman in 2016 when one Margarette Pe-Ong conducted a lifestyle check on the politiko.

“[Daluz] failed to sufficiently explain the sudden increase of his personal properties from zero in his 2006 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) to P1,029, 000 in his 2007 SALN,” the 17-page decision read.

“It was manifestly and patently disproportionate to his salary as a Sangguniang Panglusod (Council) of Cebu City. He is administratively liable for dishonesty in concealing the true source of funds in acquiring the assailed personnel properties declared in his 2007 SALN,” it further said.

Daluz explained he inherited a fortune from his mother who died last year.