Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Monday (Nov. 23) there is no need for government agencies to submit the statements of assets, liabilities and networth (SALNs) of its officials to the Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC).
“We are not requiring other agencies to submit the SALNs of their officials and employees to the TFAC, as we know where to get them should the need for the production of SALNs arise,” he explained.
He pointed pointed “we may need the SALN of any government official or employee only if he is involved in a specific investigation being conducted by the task force against corruption (TFAC).”
Guevarra pointed this out after Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade ordered officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to submit their SALNs to the TFAC.
Tugade made the move after Guevarra revealed over the weekend the DOTr was one of the government agencies which has been the subject of the corruption complaints and reports received by the task force.
“The submission by the DOTr of the SALNs of its officials and employees to the task force is purely the DOTr’s initiative,” Guevarra said.
Guevarra recounted that “Sec. Tugade mentioned this matter of submitting SALNs of DOTr officials to the DOJ task force during one of our meetings with the President.”
“The task force will use SALNs showing assets which are grossly disproportionate to salaries as possible indicators of graft and corruption in the course of investigating officials or employees of the DOTr alleged to be involved in certain corrupt practices,” he said.