Ombud asked to probe Sta. Fe councilor
THE Ombudsman-Visayas was asked to investigate Sta. Fe Councilor Jayson Repaso for his failure to fully disclose his business interests and financial connections in his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).
The anonymous letter complaint sent to Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Paul Elmer M. Clemente stated that Councilor Repaso, a lawyer, provides notary public services to big time clients in Sta. Fe town and other parts of Cebu.
Repaso has a law office in Cebu City and handles cases of clients in Central Visayas.
A copy of Repaso’s SALN showed his total net worth at P1.3 million.
But the official signed “None” on the space provided for business interests and financial connections. Attempts to contact Repaso for his side proved futile.
The submission of a SALN is required by law under Article 11, Section 17 of the 1987 Constitution and Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6713 or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”
Under Section 8 of Republic Act 6713, public officials and employees have an obligation to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests.
Their financial information also includes those of their spouses and of unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their homes.
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