Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales reminded government officials and employees on Friday to file their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) with their respective human resource management offices on or before the April 30, 2012 deadline.
Likewise, Morales reminded that in order to fully comply with the laws on SALN, the same must not only be filed, but must be accomplished truthfully.
“It is high time that we instill the perspective of not just filing the SALN, but of accomplishing the same with honesty by correctly and completely abiding with the requirements of the law,” she said.
Section 17, Article XI of the 1987 Constitution requires “public officials and employees to file their SALN upon assumption to office and as often as may be required by law,” which under Section 8(A) of Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” should be filed upon entry or exit from government service and on or before April 30 of every year thereafter.
The same requirement is also found under Section 7 of R.A. 3019, otherwise known as the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.”
Likewise, Rule 10, Section 46(D)(8) of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) classifies the failure to file SALN as a less grave offense punishable by suspension of one month and one day to six months for the first offense and by dismissal from the service for the second offense.
On the other hand, the filing of an untruthful SALN will expose the filer to a possible charge of perjury under Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
As the “protector of the people,” the Office of the Ombudsman has been actively coordinating with concerned government agencies in monitoring the submission of SALNs.
The Ombudsman warned that non-compliant government officials and employees will be subjected to investigation where appropriate charges and penalties may be rendered.
Based on latest CSC Memorandum Circular (MC No. 5, Series of 2012), government officials and employees may use either the old or new SALN form.