By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
FORMER senator and presidential hopeful Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said on Wednesday he was willing to make his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) public but warned those who plan to use it for political purposes.
"I am perfectly willing to show my SALN, and in fact, I have been consistent in doing it before, as a public official," Marcos said in a television interview, citing the case of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona, whose critics maliciously used his SALN to impeach him.
"If the purpose is going to be a political attack, then why would we want to do that when you already know the prospect," he said.
Marcos said Corona's impeachment was a political decision.
"It was not an objective judgment."
Marcos added that those requesting for the SALN of a government official should also be subject to public scrutiny.
"Maybe the SALN should be, if there is a case filed [against a government official] 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," said Marcos, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer in the May 9 national elections.
"Makakahanap 'yan, gagawa ng isyu 'yan kahit na walang isyu, and my prime example is Corona. Then kung talagang may kaso dalhin sa Ombudsman (They would find and could make an issue even if there's no issue, and my prime example is Corona. Then if there really was a case, then bring it to the Ombudsman)," he 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. They manipulated the analysis of his SALN to make it look that he was hiding something, and anyone who has any background in business would have understood that, that was not the case," Marcos added.