ALL government officials and employees have until today to submit their respective Statements of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth, more commonly known as SALN.
Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol yesterday said any government employee who fails to comply with the law pertaining the submission of SALNs will face imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of not more than P5,000.
“SALNs are very important. It is through this document that we’ll see the trends in wealth of government officials and employees,” he told reporters during the Association of Government Information Officers (AGIO) forum held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
“The deadline for submission of SALNs is strictly April 30. Please avoid the risk of having to explain why you failed to do so. If you won’t be able to present justifiable reasons, I’m sorry,” he said.
Apostol said SALNs are used by the anti-graft office in monitoring government officials and employees who may have ill-gotten wealth.
Earlier this year, Nieto Racho, formerly of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) office in Cebu, was found guilty for failing to disclose in his SALN his P5.8 million bank deposit.