House prosecutors to verify PCIJ report

Posted at 01/11/12 2:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Members of the House of Representatives tasked to prosecute Chief Justice Renato Corona will verify a report that most congressmen have not made their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) public even as they censured Corona on the same issue.

"We want to check on that and verify," said Rep. Sonny Angara, referring to a recent report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).

According to PCIJ, the House only released summaries of the net worth of members of the 15th Congress despite several requests for full copies of SALNs.

But Angara said that as far as the prosecution team is concerned, their SALNs are readily available. His, he added, can even be searched via Google.

Quimbo also said congressmen have been complying with the law requiring public officials to disclose to the public the actual copies of their SALNs.

But the prosecutors' issue against is Corona is more than just his failure to disclose his SALN, he added.

"Ths issue is not just on the disclosure but in fact the concealment of particular properties," he said.

Quimbo assured the public that members of the House would readily make their SALNs available to anyone who requests for them.