Ex-Colonel jailed for SALN fraud

Manila, Philippines --- The Sandiganbayan has sent to jail a retired Army colonel for filing a fraudulent Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth (SALN) for the year 1996, the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) announced yesterday.

In a 39-page decision, the court's Fourth Division found Col. Ceferino L Layao guilty of violating Republic Act 6713 for not declaring in his SALN his income as vice president of a security agency.
The court said that while still a commissioned military officer, Layao acted as vice president for administration of the Holy Angel Security Corporation, receiving a monthly pay of P9,000.

The decision penned by Associate Justice Gregory Ong said the OMB prosecutors were able to establish Layao's extra job through the records of the Social Security System.

The court said "ample evidence showed that the accused Layao's status as vice president for administration for the security agency was clearly established.