After being named by President Duterte as one of the police officials involved in illegal drugs trade, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed yesterday a criminal complaint against former Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Director General Marcelino Garbo and his wife for allegedly amassing ill-gotten wealth.
NBI Director Dante Gierran said Garbo and his wife, lawyer Rosalina Garbo, were charged before the Office of the Ombudsman with falsification of public documents under Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC); violation of Section 8 in relation to Section 11 of Republic Act (RA) 6713, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees; and violation of Section 7 of RA 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The couple also faces forfeiture of properties pursuant to RA 1379 (The Act Declaring Forfeiture of Unlawfully Acquired Properties).
The complaint was filed after the NBI discovered during its investigation that the couple has “assets way beyond their legitimate income and for non-declaration of said assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALN), which by law is required for all public officials and employees.”
The NBI Task Force Anti-Illegal Drugs conducted the probe with the help of the Anti-Graft Division in November last year following the July 2016 pronouncements of Duterte that Garbo was one of the five PNP officials protecting illegal drug syndicates.
The NBI checked Garbo’s SALNs from 2005 to 2015 and found the couple have a total unexplained wealth of P35,362,732.
NBI probers found out that Garbo’s networth increased from P22 million in 2005 to P44 million in 2015.
However, the NBI said “based on available records about his and his spouse’s sources of income, Gen. Garbo earned a total gross income of P5,028,277 for the 10-year period in question.” (Jeffrey Damicog)