RIPS said that a transfer certificate of title, a deed of absolute sale dated June 16, 2008 and other related tax declarations showed that Lindo owns the Laguna property. Lindo declared the property in his 2009 and 2010 SALNs, saying that he supposedly acquired this in 1983 through a housing loan.
However, the property was not reflected in his SALNs prior to 2009 and 2010.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Fortuner, acquired in November 2007, was registered under Lindo's wife’s name, but RIPs said that this should still be declared in the SALN.
Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees requires that public officials must disclose a true and detailed statement of their assets, liabilities, net worth, financial connections and business interests, including “those of their spouse and their unmarried children under eighteen years of age living in their households.”
It was only in his 2009 and 2010 SALNs that Lindo declared a “Cash on Hand” entry in his statements.
RIPs said it was enough to cast doubts as to the truthfulness and veracity of Lindo's declaration.
“Considerably, Lindo’s inconsistent and fallacious declarations in his SALNs, particularly about his real property, car loan, and hard cash, underscore his utter failure to observe truthful and comprehensive disclosure of his assets, liabilities, and net worth, in palpable violation of RA 6713,” RIPS said.
In its complaint, RIPS said Lindo should be placed under preventive suspension while investigation of his unexplained wealth is ongoing.
Lindo may be dismissed from service if found guilty of illegally amassing wealth, according to RIPS. (GMA News)