Ill-gotten wealth proceeds misused: SC affirms Camilo Sabio’s dismissal from government
The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the Ombudsman’s July 2011 decision to ban former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio from public office.
In a recent 15-page decision, the SC declared Sabio guilty of the administrative offenses of serious dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.
The sanctions concerned Sabio’s alleged failure to remit to the treasury the P10.35 million he received from the PCGG’s sequestered corporations.
The SC affirmed the Ombudsman’s finding that Sabio converted the proceeds of the ill-gotten wealth for his use as cash advances for the costs of carrying out his tasks.
Although it acknowledged the PCGG’s “herculean task” of recovering the loot amassed by the Marcos dictatorship, the SC said Sabio failed to cite any law or rule that permits him to use the remittances for his operational expenses.
For the SC, “there was competent showing of a pattern of petitioner’s open and repeated defiance” of the laws requiring the turnover of the ill-gotten wealth proceeds and the observance of proper liquidation procedures.
Sabio was also faulted for his failure to liquidate P1.56 million in cash advances that he used for overseas travels and litigation costs of foreign cases.
He was also held liable for the excess charges incurred in the use of office-issued cellphones to the tune of P25,594.76.