De Lima, Biazon ready to sign bank waivers

Posted at 06/02/12 8:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Some Aquino cabinet officials are ready to sign waivers to open their bank accounts to public scrutiny.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said he is ready to sign a waiver to make records of his bank accounts public.

Biazon expressed his willingness amid allegations of corruption within the Customs Bureau.

But Biazon says he cannot force other officials of the agency to sign a similar document.

“The waiver is a personal decision on the part of the employee,” he said.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima also says she's ready to sign a waiver if ordered by President Aquino.

According to the Transparency and Accountability Network, the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) is not a reliable document to help determine an official's true wealth.

After the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, the group says it's important for government officials and employees to sign a waiver.

“Si Chief Justice Corona nga may SALN, pero hindi naman nakalagay lahat ng assets niya. The only way to find that out is kung mayroon kang ability to look at the bank accounts,” said the group’s executive director Vincent Lazatin.

Both President Aquino and lead prosecutor of Corona’s impeachment, Congressman Niel Tupas, have said there's no need to sign a waiver to declare their true wealth. -- ANC