Palace debunks report on alleged defect on PGMA SALN

August 10, 2009 10:24 am 

MANILA, Aug. 10 — Malacanang today debunked reports alleging defect or irregularities in the preparation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s statement of Assets and Liabilities Networth or SALN.

In a press briefing at Malacanang this afternoon, Romulo Macalintal, the President’s election lawyer, said a news item insinuating irregularities in the preparation of President Arroyo’s SALN “ is most unfair and uncalled for.”

Macalintal said the President prepared and signed the said document (SALN) under oath to the best of her knowledge and in full compliance with the requirements of the Constitution.

“She (the President) honestly believes that she has been very transparent on her assets and liabilities and she has nothing to hide to the public,” Macalintal stressed.

“We do not now the standard used by the reporter in coming up with her analysis. Para bang kapag malaki ang ini-report mong asset, kailangang imbestigahan ito; kapag maliit lang, okay na ito, at wala nang imbestigahan,” he added.

Macalintal noted that since the Chief Executive had already submitted her SALN to the Ombudsman, “the President invites anyone who may have reservations to question the same before that agency if he or she has any evidence that the President violated or did not comply with the constitutional requirements in the filing of such disclosure documents.”

According to him, the President assures the public that she filed her SALN in good faith without any intention to deceive anyone.

“Those who alleged otherwise should come up with evidence to prove their uncalled for or self-serving accusations instead of being speculative or judgmental on the matter,“ he said.

Macalintal emphasized that the President is just being truthful to the people.

“She made a truthful disclosure of her assets and liabilities as required by the constitution. She made to the best of her knowledge and upon consultation with her husband, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, who is personally in charge of the family business being head of the family,” he said.

In this connection, Macalintal explained that the President has requested the First Gentleman, through his lawyer, Atty. Ruy Rondain, to explain the matter especially the business interest of their family.

He said that President Arroyo has reiterated that she has never used and will never use or take advantage of her position for personal profit as she had declared in her State-of-the-Nation Address and as expected of her by the people. (PNA)

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