The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission has been asked to investigate Customs Collector V Lourdes Mangaoang for alleged unexplained wealth, lavish lifestyle, excessive assets, and other accumulated ownership that are grossly disproportionate to her salary as a government employee.
In a two-page complaint, Ed Cordevilla, leader of the group calling for public accountability of government officials suspected of having amassed unexplained wealth, said that based on the sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of Mangaoang for the years 2012-2017, there is no justification on how she could have legally accumulated so much properties had she relied on her salaries alone.
Cordevilla added that as a lawyer, Mangaoang is expected to know the importance of complying with all the required details stated in the SALN.
Greco Belgica, PACC commissioner, confirmed having received a copy of the complaint and vowed to thoroughly investigate the complaint and possibly expand the scope of the probe to include family members and relatives who could have fronted for the customs executive in hiding other real properties.
Belgica said his office will coordinate with the Land Registration Authority and the BIR to pin down suspected corrupt government officials.
Mangaoang recently made in the news after testifying in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the alleged P6.4 billion Peso worth of shabu that have slipped past the Bureau of Customs.
Mangaoang served as head of the customs x-ray division for a long time in the past administration and critics are calling out that during her stint, no shabu haul was ever accomplished by the BOC compared to the ongoing all-out drive by current Commissioner Lapena that have yielded an unprecedented haul of shabu intercepted, party drugs, ecstasy, and cocaine apprehended.