Luna pleaded guilty to eight counts of graft during her arraignment at the Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division on April 3.
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Elizabeth Marcelo (The Philippine Star) - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Former Lagayan, Abra mayor Cecilia Seares-Luna has pleaded guilty to the graft charges she is facing for misdeclaring her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth from 1998 to 2005.

Luna pleaded guilty to eight counts of graft during her arraignment at the Sandiganbayan’s Sixth Division on April 3.

With her admission of guilt, the anti-graft court ordered Luna to pay a fine of P5,000 for each count or a total of P40,000.

“There being no civil liability involved, no award of damages is made in these cases,” the sixth division ruling read.

Luna was indicted for  eight counts each of graft and perjury.

The perjury charges were withdrawn after she entered into a plea bargain agreement last March.

Luna admitted that she failed to declare a house in Barangay Dangdangla with market value of P267,300; a residential property valued at P32,500; a commercial lot worth P21,250, and an agricultural lot she purchased for P20,000.

Luna said she also misdeclared a property in Quezon City.  She had earlier claimed she acquired the property for only P1.9 million when its real acquisition cost was P5.9 million.

CECILIA SEARES-LUNA
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