Solon pushes for mandatory public disclosure of SALN

A bill mandating public disclosure of the Statement of Assets,
Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) without condition has been filed in
the House of Representatives.

House Bill 5694 authored by Rep. Salvio Fortuno (5th District,
Camarines Sur) provides for the mandatory disclosure to the public of
the SALN and centralizes the filing of said statement with the Office
of the Ombudsman.

The bill seeks to plug the loopholes in Republic Act 6713 also known
as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and
Employees.

“If I can have my way, the SALN should be available for public
scrutiny without any condition,” Fortuno declared.

Fortuno filed the bill following the continued refusal of Chief
Justice Renato Corona to disclose his SALN to the public citing the
Supreme Court’s non-disclosure policy.

The policy, Fortuno said, aims to shield justices from any deceptive
request for information that could lead to intimidation, harassments
and fishing expeditions.

“This arrogant display of power runs counter to the noble objectives
of R.A. 6713 to promote transparency and high standard of ethics in
public service and to uphold public interest over and above personal
interest,” Fortuno declared.

The provision of the law is clear, according to Fortuno.

“The public has the right to know our assets, liabilities and net
worth. Why is there a need for us to hide our assets if they come from
sweat and hard toils?” he concluded.

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