Journal News Online : Transparency

26 January 2022

By Ryan Ponce Pacpaco | Journal News Online

PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is pushing for absolute transparency on the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) of public officials as he is willing to make his own SALN open to the public.

“I am perfectly willing to show my SALN, and in fact, I have been consistent in doing it before, as a public official,” Marcos stated in an interview with One News recently.

As he pressed for more transparency in the government, he warned, however, against the possibility that unscrupulous individuals with ill motives may use same official document only for political purposes, citing the tragedy of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was impeached using his SALN, as an example.

According to Marcos, the motive of those who are requesting for the SALN of a government official should also be considered and examined first before releasing it.

“If the purpose is going to be a political attack, then why would we want to do that when you already know the prospect?” Marcos asked.

Marcos held that the Corona impeachment was a political decision and not an objective decision.

“It was not an objective judgement,” Marcos said, adding that “maybe the SALN should be, if there is a case filed perhaps, can be given but not to the public, but certainly to the agents of the court or the court itself whatever that court may be. I think that might be a workable solution. Because kung lahat lahat ng pulitiko may kalaban eh makakahanap ‘yan, gagawa ng issue ‘yan kahit na walang issue and my prime example is Corona.”

“Then kung talagang may kaso dalhin sa Ombudsman, dun ibigay natin sa Ombudsman sa mag-iimbistiga na proper authorities ‘wag lang kung kani-kanino kasi baka gamitin lang sa ibang bagay ‘yan alam naman natin kung anong mga nangyayari dyan eh, you know, it happened before,” Marcos said.

“I’ve seen every evidence presented, but they practically made a case against CJ Corona out of nothing, simply just because they got a hold of his SALN,” Marcos stressed.

He said “they manipulated the analysis of his SALN to make it look that he was hiding something, and anyone who has any background in business will have understood that, that it was not the case.”