By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — In a bid to instill transparency among fellow candidates in next year’s national and local polls as well as serve as a model for all public officials, Partido Reporma senatorial bet Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar has expressed his willingness to disclose his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) to the public—win or lose in his bid for a seat in the Senate.
Knowing that end-to-end possibilities may allow or may prevent him from continuing to serve the Filipino people, Eleazar enthused that it did not matter whether a person is a government official or not to show he is honest and does not cheat in his taxes by hiding his SALN to public scrutiny.
The 26th chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) acknowledged the importance of transparency and the right of every Filipino citizen to have access to information, especially on matters involving their elected leaders.
Following his more than three decades of service in the police force, he stressed that he knows that accountability is also of the utmost importance in dedicated public service as it shows how responsible a public official is in view of governance and administration.
“Bukas at handa ang inyong lingkod na isapubliko ang aking SALN kung tayo man ay mahalal bilang senador. Nang tinanggap natin ang hamong tumakbo sa darating na halalan, alam natin na kaakibat nito ang pagiging tapat sa publiko sa lahat ng pagkakataon,” he said.
“Wala naman tayong itinatago sa ating mga kababayan dahil malinis ang intensyon natin sa ating pagtakbo at ito ay ang hangarin pa rin nating maglingkod sa kapwa. Noong tayo ay nasa PNP pa, lagi nating sinasabi na hindi natin hahayaan ang korapsyon o iregularidad at ngayong papasok tayo sa larangan ng politika, ito pa rin ang paniniwalang ating pinanghahawakan,” he added.
As a final word, Partido Reporma’s senatorial aspirant described SALN restrictions as a policy that is in contrast to our democratic system that promotes public transparency and accountability, citing that under the Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, public officials and employees “have an obligation to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of, and the public has the right to know, their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households.” (ai/mtvn)