Ex-DENR exec convicted for perjury after claiming he has no wife

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  • Former DENR director Jacob Meimban Jr. was convicted of perjury and breach of conduct
  • On his SALN for 2007, he wrote N/A under spouse
  • By not declaring his wife, he also failed to declare his wife’s assets and liabilities
  • Meimban defended himself that “it’s public knowledge” that his wife have already started using her maiden name but court asserts that the nullification of their marriage is still pending

Former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) director Jacob Meimban Jr. was convicted as guilty of perjury and breach of conduct after he failed to declare his wife in his sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for 2007.

The Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division sentenced Meimban to one month up to one year in prison and fined him P5,000 in the breach of conduct case.

The Office of the Ombudsman’s case was quoted by Manila Times, alleging that Meimban made “a willful and deliberate assertion of falsehood by writing ‘N/A’ [not applicable]in the space provided for the name of his [then-]spouse in his 2007 Sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth…despite personal knowledge that his marriage with his wife still legally subsists, as his 2004 Petition for Declaration of Nullity of Marriage remained pending in court at that time.”

The Ombudsman asserts that with Meimban’s failure to indicate the name of his wife in his SALN, he also got away with the not declaring of his wife’s financial and business interest.

Meimban defended himself by saying that “it was a matter of public knowledge” that his wife already reverted to using her maiden name which would allow him to write ‘N/A.’

Under Section 8 of RA 6713, public officials and employees are mandated to disclose in the SALN “their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households”.