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Ombudsman orders filing of criminal raps vs. Customs police director

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The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) on Monday ordered the filing of criminal charges against Bureau of Customs (BOC) police director Nestorio Gualberto before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan for his failure to declare his statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALN) in 1998 and 2000.

In an 18-page joint resolution, graft investigator Armando Sanchez, Jr. has found probable cause to indict Gualberto for two counts of violation of Republic Act 6713, otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”.

On the other hand, the charges for perjury and violation of the anti-graft law against Gualberto were dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.

The case arose from the complaint filed by the Field Investigation Office (FIO) of the Ombudsman which alleged that Gualberto’s wife Emma Louisa acquired several real properties in Lemery, Batangas.

The complaint alleged that Gualberto, a former Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) chief, also procured a Mitsubishi Pajero in 2005 and registered it under the name of one Edgardo Gualberto.

However, Gualberto did not file his SALN indicating that he acquired said cars and real properties. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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