By Czarina Nicole Ong
Atty. Carmelita P. Yadao-Sison, officer-in-charge of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Office of the Director IV, has been slapped with six charges before the Sandiganbayan due to her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) violations.
In the charge sheets filed by Assistant Special Prosecutor III Jorge B. Espinal, Yadao-Sison was accused of violating Section 8(a) of Republic Act 6713also known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
From April 30, 2006 to the next five years, when she was still CHED Director III, Yadao-Sison failed to declare the business interest of her husband, Atty. Roberto M. Sison, in the law firm Roberto M. Sison and Partners.
As a result, her actions caused damage and prejudice to public interest. Her bail bond has been set at P60,000.
RA 6713 requires all public officials and employees to declare under oath their assets, liabilities, net worth, business interest and financial connections including those of their spouse and of unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households.
After which, they are required to submit this within 30 days after assuming office or on or before every 30th of April. They are also required to submit their SALN within 30 days from separation from the service.