PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Tuesday reminded all government personnel to truthfully accomplish their 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth forms and if possible submit them ahead of the April 30 deadline.
Ombudsman Morales issued the appeal in view of the wide gamut of cases involving violations of the rules concerning SALN filing.
The annual filing of SALN is a constitutional and statutory obligation of every public servant in any branch, subdivision, instrumentality or agency of the government, including government-owned and controlled corporations and their subsidiaries.
Pursuant to the 1987 Constitution, Section 8(a) of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees requires the filing of SALNs “(a) within thirty (30) days after assumption of office; (b) on or before April 30, of every year thereafter; and (c) within thirty (30) days after separation from the service.”
The SALN is a declaration under oath of assets (i.e. land, houses, cash, etc), liabilities (i.e. personal or institutional loans), and the business and financial interests, of a government official, spouse, and unmarried children under 18 years old still living in the household.
Those who serve in an honorary capacity, laborers and casual or temporary workers, however, are exempted from the SALN requirement.
Failure to file the SALN or dishonesty in doing so, warrants suspension of one to six months for the first offense, and dismissal from service for the second offense.”
The SALN has been an effective investigatory and discovery measure in determining ill-gotten wealth as it includes a waiver authorizing the Ombudsman or his authorized representatives to obtain documents from any government agency or financial institutions that may show assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests, and financial connections of a government official or employee.