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Ex-Customs exec gets 6 years in jail for false info

MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former head of the Intelligence and Investigation Service of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to six years in jail for submitting a falsified Personal Data Sheet (PDS) in June 2009.

In a 20-page decision, the anti-graft court found Filomeno Vicencio Jr. guilty of falsification charges after he falsely claimed in his PDS to be a graduate of the University of the East (UE).

During the trial, Ombudsman prosecutors presented witnesses and documents to prove that Vicencio was never a student nor a graduate of UE.

“The accomplishment and submission of PDS was a duty borne out of every public officer like Vicencio and the disclosure of where and when he obtained his bachelor’s degree is a vital information since this renders him qualified for the position,”the decision read.

“Even if it were [his] son who had written down the untruthful statement, the fact remains that he had assented to it by virtue of his signature on the document, appropriating the falsehood as his own and [had] he really intended to correct the erroneous entry, he could have retrieved the document itself,” it added.

The anti-graft court also pointed out that Vicencio did not disclose information as to where and when he obtained his bachelor’s degree, lending credence to the conclusion that he intended to falsely state that he is a graduate of UE to qualify for the position of Director III.

“His continued silence on the matter is bereft of good faith on his part,” the decision added.

Vicencio was appointed on May 26, 2009 and assumed the position of BOC Director III on June 10, 2009.

On June 16, 2009, he submitted his PDS to the human resource office, indicating in the document that he graduated from UE in 1969.

Aside from imprisonment, Vicencio was meted out a fine of P1,000.

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