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Ex-Abra mayor Luna ordered to pay P40K over SALN violations

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Former Laayan, Abra mayor Cecilia Seares-Luna has been slapped with a P40,000 fine for making failing to include a number of her properties in her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

The Sandiganbayan imposed the fine after Luna pleaded guilty to lesser offenses following a plea bargaining deal.

She previously pleaded not guilty to the initial charges filed against her which included eight counts of graft and eight counts of perjury which carries heavier penalties.

“When queried, the accused and her counsel informed the court that the accused fully understood the nature and consequences of her entering a plea of guilty to the charges in the Informations, the accused is deemed to have admitted all the material facts alleged therein,” the anti-graft court stated.

With this, the court slapped her a fine of P5,000 for each of the eight lesser offenses charged against her.

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