House, CSC to review gov't officials' SALNs

Posted at 04/30/12 11:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Government officials and employees beat Monday's deadline for the filing of their statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN).

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) expects Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice Renato Corona, to submit their SALNs by the end of June -- but that's easier said than done.

Corona's SALN took center stage in his impeachment trial in the Senate.

House Deputy Secretary-General Artemio Adasa believes the discussion over Corona's SALN may have influenced government employees in filing their own SALNs.

April 30 is the deadline for filing as mandated by law.

"I was informed na meron nang 100 percent compliance. Siguro napansin nila ang kahalagahan ng SALN after what transpired in the impeachment trial at hindi na nila hinintay ang last day ng filing which is today," Adasa said.

But are the contents of the SALNs accurate and complete?

Adasa said the review committee will first assess the SALNs within 10 days before the details will be made public.

Lawmakers will be given a chance to correct entries in their SALNs if there are discrepancies.

"Sa experience natin, may discussions sa acquisition cost and assessed value, committee bahala. Kung may discrepancies, the party concerned will be informed, iko-correct," Adasa said.
The same process is applied in various government agencies.

Malacañang said President Benigno Aquino already submitted his SALN to the Ombudsman last April 24.   

The Palace added that Corona should reveal the contents of his SALN.

CSC Chairman Francisco Duque III expects the Supreme Court to provide the justices' SALNs to his agency by June 30.

However, he admitted that there may be a conflict over the issue.

"They have to do that, but there's a problem here because I understand they did issue a resolution in 1989 that says they will have to submit their SALNs only to the chief clerk or [SC] clerk of court," Duque said.

He added that to address issues, he will form a technical working committee that will include representatives from the Supreme Court, Commission on Audit, Office of the President, Budget Department, and the Office of the Ombudsman. - report from Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News; ANC