QC councilor faces 25-year jail term over SALN irregularities

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Quezon City Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica has been sentenced to imprisonment after being found guilty over irregularities in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

The Office of the Ombudsman said on Monday (July 10) the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 40 found Ludovica guilty of Falsification of Public Documents and five counts of violation of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).

Because of this, the Ombudsman said the court sentenced Ludovica to a total of 25 years of imprisonment for violating RA 6713, another four months to two years for falsification of public documents, and a fine of P5,000.

The Ombudsman said Ludovica was found to have falsified his 2005 SALN by deliberately failing to disclose his business interest in the “Jessa Zaragoza Phenomenal Entertainment.”

Citing the certification from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the accused was found to have been an incorporator, director, and stockholder of the said corporation since 1999, having a subscribed and paid-up capital equivalent to P50,000.

Apart from this, prosecutors also presented evidence that Ludovica failed to file his SALNs from 2002 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2007.

In its decision, the court said the “accused did not give any explanation nor presented anything in his defense [as to] why he failed to file his SALNs for five years.”