Ligot slapped with perjury raps

Manila, Philippines --- The Office of the Ombudsman has filed perjury charges against retired Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot for filing an erroneous statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) in December 1993.

Based on the complaint submitted to the Sandiganbayan, Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer Dyna I. Camba, said the accused committed the offense when he intentionally omitted his residential lot in Susana IV, Muntinlupa City in his SALN in 1993.

The complaint was approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

According to the complaint, the accused, who is required by law to file his SALN, willfully, unlawfully and feloniously made a deliberate assertion of falsehood upon material matter in his SALN for the year ending December 31,1993 which was sworn to before an officer authorized to administer oaths and submitted to the office of Ethical Standards and Public Accountability (OESPA) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Perjury is penalized under Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code.
A bail bond of P6,000 was recommended for his liberty.

The Prosecution said they have six witnesses against Ligot, who recently won a decision in the Supreme Court which ordered the lifting of the freeze order on his P54-million assets.

In a 24-page decision, the high court's second division penned by Associate Justice Arturo Brion said Ligot's rights to due proces s were violated when the freeze order was extended indefinitely.
The freeze order stayed while it took the government six years to file a forfeiture case against Ligot and his family.

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