Cotabato mayor faces trial for SALN misdeclaration
The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to indict Pikit, North Cotabato Mayor Sumulong Sultan for Perjury due to the omission of material information in his 2011 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Investigators found that mayor Sultan failed to disclose in his SALN several properties consisting of an agricultural land, a P1.2million Toyota Hilux and a P1.3millionToyota Fortuner.
Under the Revised Penal Code, Perjury is committed when the declarant omits to declare material information that is required of him under oath. In this case, “respondent committed the offense when he omitted the foregoing properties in his 2011 SALN with the intent that it should be received as a statement of what was true despite its falsity.”