Huli ka! Ombudsman indicts former Negros Occidental mayor for SALN violations

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By Xave Gregorio

The Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to charge the former mayor of Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental for failing to disclose two businesses in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2007 to 2010.

The Ombudsman indicted former Moises Padilla Mayor Francisco Nazareno for not including JF Merchandise, registered under his name, and Juco Enterprise, registered under his wife, in his SALNs.

Nazareno also issued the mayor’s permit for both of his undisclosed businesses, the Ombudsman said.

The former mayor has been charged with four counts violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, which mandates the submission of their SALNs.

The Ombudsman also charged Nazareno with two counts of violation of Section 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, which bars politikos from having direct or indirect financing or pecuniary interest in any business, contract or transaction in connection with which he intervenes or takes part in his official capacity.

Nazareno was Moises Padilla mayor from 2007 to 2013.