Ex-AFP comptroller gets 6 years for perjury

THE Sandiganbayan First Division has sentenced former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller retired Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot to six years imprisonment after he was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of six counts of perjury.

The anti-graft division convicted Ligot in connection with his alleged false declarations in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) and was ordered jailed for one year in each of the six counts or six years imprisonment.

The Office of the Ombudsman charged Ligot with allegedly violating Article 183 (False Testimony/ Perjury) of the Revised Penal Code.

But the anti-graft court junked Ligot’s three other perjury cases while he was found not guilty in two counts of a similar case.

Earlier, Ligot and Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, another former AFP comptroller, were implicated in the military’s corruption scandal in 2011.

It was former budget officer Lt. Col. George Rabusa who disclosed that outgoing AFP chiefs of staff were allegedly given the so-called “pabaon” (send-off) through millions of pesos in cash when they retire.