'Narco-general' Garbo and his wife sued over P35-M ill-gotten wealth

Retired PNP Deputy Director General Marcelino Garbo Jr. and his wife, Lawyer Rosalinda, are now facing multiple complaints, filed by the National Bureau of Investigation's Anti-Graft Division (NBI-AGD) on Wednesday, regarding their unexplained and alleged “ill-gotten” wealth amounting to P35,362,732 in total.

-  P18.343 million - Undeclared SALN for 2005 to 2015 that among includes six expensive vehicles, which were Hyundai Sta Fe model (P1.558 million), a Toyota Corolla (P915,000), a Toyota Grandia (P1.940 million), a BMW R1200 Motorcycle (P1.4 million), a Chrysler Town and Country (P2.88 million) and a Kia Sportage (P1.29 million).

-  P300,000 - Alleged owned golf cart

-  P1.1 million - Undeclared shares of stocks with Alabang Country Club Inc.

-  P2.61 million - Undeclared shares of stocks with RG Placement Services Inc.

-  P2.95 million - Undeclared shares of stocks with GSL Security and Investigation Co. Inc.

In addition to their undeclared SALN for 2005 to 2015, the ombudsman said that Garbo couple also had some P17 million worth of unexplained increase in their net worth, which was “way beyond their legitimate income.”

“A subpoena was sent to Gen. Garbo for him to explain primarily how he was able to acquire these properties because according to this investigation, his known sources of income are not enough to cover these acquisitions,” the AGD's investigation report read.

“His lawyer appeared in his stead but did not offer any explanation or answer to the investigators' questions,” the report added.

According to the NBI-AGD fact-finding report, they found a sufficient ground to hold The Garbo.

Couple for being accountable for violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and falsification of public documents under the Revised Penal Code.

Aside from the criminal case that the NBI-AGD filed, prepared by NBI-AGD investigation team leader Nathaniel Ramos and was reviewed and approved by AGD chief Rachel Angeles, they asked the ombudsman to file a civil forfeiture case against the Garbo couple in relation to RA 1379 or An Act Declaring the Forfeiture of Unlawfully Acquired Properties and ask for the help of the US government, Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty or MLAT,  to check if they own real property in the US and for the eventual forfeiture thereof in favor of the Philippine government.

Last year, NBI Director Dante Gierran ordered to conduct a lifestyle check on the Garbo couple and other former police officials, Police Director Joel Pagdilao, Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz and former Chief superintendents and incumbent Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot, who were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in the illegal drug trade and dubbed as the “narco-generals”. The conducted lifestyle check report was attached to the complaint, with 18 pages.


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Source:  philstar.com

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