Ombudsman orders suspension of 4 Sulu officials for SALN irregularity
(28 October 2016) – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered the six-month suspension of Sulu Vice-Governor Abdusakur Tan, Mayor Samier Abubakar Tan of Maimbung and Mayor Al-Zhudurie Asmadun of Lugus, after they were found guilty of violating Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713).
Records show that vice-governor Tan, Mayors Tan and Asmadun habitually failed to file their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) on or before April 30 of every year.
On the other hand, the Ombudsman also established that Governor Tan filed his SALNs for 2013 and 2014, however, these were not executed under oath. He was found guilty of Simple Neglect of Duty and was ordered suspended for one month.
Under Section 8 of R.A. No. 6713, all public officials and employees are required to annually file under oath, their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth and a Disclosure of Business Interests and Financial Connections and those of their spouses and unmarried children under eighteen (18) years of age living in their households. The SALN must be filed on or before 30 April of each year.