After 25 years: Ombudsman recovers all of ex-Calauan mayor’s illicit wealth
By: James Hernandez
The Office of the Ombudsman has finally completed the recovery of ill-gotten wealth obtained by former Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez and his wife, Editha, after more than 25 years.
The Ombudsman announced on Tuesday (April 3) that it has obtained last March 1 copies of the Transfer Certificates of Title (TCTs) of 19 real properties in Calauan, Laguna which formed part of the couple’s wealth and are now registered under the name of the Republic of the Philippines.
The TCTs were forwarded to the Bureau of Treasury of the Department of Finance.
The Ombudsman conducted the recovery after the Sandiganbayan issued a July 18, 2016 decision which ordered the forfeiture of the couple’s real properties, a residential building, two units of Mercedez Benz 1987 model 230E series, a 1991 Dodge Caravan van, share in ERAIS lending business including accrued dividends, and P246,120 in cash and bank accounts.
In its decision, the anti-graft court ruled that “respondents’ assets and expenses are grossly and manifestly disproportionate to their legitimate income and thus, these assets and the funds used for the disproportionate expenses were unlawfully acquired, and hence, subject to forfeiture.”
The court explained that as then vice-mayor Sanchez was entitled to a per diem of P992 per municipal council session, or P3,968 per month; as mayor from 1980 to 1981, he was entitled to a maximum salary of P17,724 a month; from 1981 to 1986, P26,388 a month; and from 1988, only P10,443.
Howevr, the couple’s joint income tax returns from 1986 to 1992 showed they had a total of P855,073.88 as declared income after tax during the six-year period.
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