Gutierrez midnight deal hit

Former Ombudsman Merceditas “Merci” Gutierrez had ordered the reinstatement of a dismissed Bureau of Customs official shortly before her resignation took effect.

Gutierrez, in a resolution signed on May 4, granted the motion for reconsideration filed by Customs police chief Jose Yuchongco which sought to overturn his dismissal from public service for failure to disclose his properties in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Gutierrez’s resignation took effect on May 6.

The Office of the Ombudsman earlier ordered Yuchongco’s dismissal after finding him guilty of grave misconduct and dishonesty.

The agency faulted Yuchongco for not disclosing his ownership of a house and lot in Batangas, farmland in Batangas province, Hillsborough property, a house and lot in Parañaque City, lotto winnings worth P3.3 million and agricultural land in Oas town, Albay province.

Yuchongco contended that the properties were not in his name and that he was delayed in declaring them for various reasons, including concerns for his safety, in the case of his lotto winnings.

Read more at Philippine Daily Inquirer


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  • UP nn grad

    Lotto winnings of P3.3Million????? My knowledge of statistics is my reason to offer a bet. I bet a Max Fried Chicken lunch (with a coke, no beer) that if Kim Henares’ team were to spend one month to investigate, Customs police chief Jose Yuchongco would not even know what neighborhood (much less what store) or the date when he “bought” the winning lotto ticket. May kutob lang ako. Maybe ManuB can pass on this “kutob” to Paquito Ochoa.

    [PS: Pilipinas should amend its laws. Lottery winnings (of P5,000 or more) should be taxable.]