Saturday, June 2, 2012

President Aquino's sincerity questioned for decision not to sign waiver to disclose his SALN

The quest for accountability and fighting graft and corruption is still unfinished. There is now, a growing citizen's movement which campaigns for all government officials to sign that waiver and publish their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. 

President Aquino is now being pressured by several groups to reveal the contents of his bank accounts. During the impeachment trial, Malacanang thru the President spearheaded the call for the Chief Justice to lay bare, his bank accounts. Now that he did, the onus lies on the President to reveal the contents of his bank accounts.

Fact is, the 188 Congressmen and the twenty three Senators are also being asked by the public to open their bank accounts for public scrutiny. However, there is no law providing for such a disclosure. 

There is that pending bill, the Freedom of Information, which essentially empowers the people to scrutinize anomalous deals and other information about governmental actions. The passage of such a bill could be the tipping point in the anti-graft and pro-disclosure campaigns.

We ask the President to be the epitome of this internal campaign. Malacanang should publicly disclose the waiver the President signed when he filed his SALN. Same goes to other members of the official family, and members of the House.

As what Jesus told the Pharisees and the Sadducees who convicted and charged him with numerous sins---he who did not sin should cast the first stone.