Malacanang supports Recto proposal on proper SALN filing

February 5, 2012 11:41 am 

MANILA, Feb. 4 – Malacanang said it supports the proposal of Senator Ralph Recto who asked the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to conduct a nationwide education campaign to all government offices for proper filing of the new statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

“Maganda pong mungkahi ’yan na galing kay Senator Recto. In fact, naka-receive kami ng memorandum galing po sa Civil Service Commission tungkol sa bagong form ng SALN at may maliit na guide kung papaano pini-fill up,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday about the procedure on filing the SALN.

Valte said she has seen a copy of a memorandum issued by CSC Chairman Francisco Duque last week discussing the new format and a guide in filling out the SALN.

The filing of SALN by government officials has turned into a major concern after President Benigno S. Aquino III’s congressional allies filed an impeachment case against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona for alleged non-filing of his SALN as well as other charges.

The prosecution panel filed eight articles of impeachment against Corona zeroing in on Article 2 for alleged non-disclosure of his SALN.

Under the Constitution, constitutional officers like a justice or the chief justice of the Supreme Court could be removed from office through impeachment. The four grounds for impeachment include culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, graft and corruption, and betrayal of public trust.

In the ongoing impeachment trial, the prosecution panel said Corona undervalued numerous real estate properties on his (SALN). They argued that Corona’s inaccurate declaration in his SALN is a violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust. (PNA)

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