Senators apprehensive about new SALN forms

By Nina Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 23 2012 06:06 PM | Updated as of Feb 24 2012 06:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senators have expressed their opposition to the new statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) format, which they describe as too "nitty gritty."

Senator Vicente Sotto III said they are concerned about the new form. "Masyadong nitty gritty. Pati toiletries ilalagay mo," he said.

Sotto added that it is also against the Constitution.

"Dapat gawin natin kung ano ang sinasabi ng Constitution at ang maliwanag dyan Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). It is a balance sheet na dapat 'yun lang ang nakalagay dun at madaling makikita kung may pagkakamali ang isang government official."

Aside from Sotto, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes III also expressed their apprehension on the new SALN form.

The senators said they will file a resolution on Tuesday to reject the new form.

Meanwhile, Civil Service Commission chairman Francisco Duque said they will review the new SALN form and will come out with a final decision by March 30.

Under the new SALN, public officials and employees are now also required to disclose sources and amount of their gross income, personal and family expenses, and amount of total income tax paid.

The truthful execution of SALN is one of the main issues in the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, who is accused of failing to publicly disclose his SALN.