Ombudsman charges Jinggoy’s fugitive aide for failing to file SALN

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The Office of the Ombudsman has charged before the Sandiganbayan a former aide of former Senator Jose “Jinggoy” P. Estrada for her alleged deliberate failure to disclose two real properties in her Statements of Asset, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN).

The Ombudsman charged Pauline Labayen with four counts each of perjury and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Labayen, a co-accused of Estrada in his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam case, is accused of having “willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously make a deliberate assertion of falsehood” in her SALN for 2008 and from 2010 to 2012.

For 2008, Labayen allegedly omitted her ownership of a condominium unit at The Manila Residences in Malate, Manila.

She also allegedly failed to disclose her ownership of another condominium unit and parking slot at the Makati Executive Tower IV in her SALN for years 2010 to 2012.

The Ombudsman has recommended a total of P64,000 bail bond for Labayen’s temporary liberty.

However, she remains at-large after leaving the Philippines in 2013.

The Bureau of Immigration said Labayen left the country after she was implicated in the pork barrel fund scam. (PNA)