Latest Stories

Lawmakers unhappy over new SALN requirements


MANILA, Philippines—Lawmakers are grumbling about requiring civil servants to declare their other sources of income, income tax paid, and family and personal expenses in their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) that they are required to file on April 30.

Under the guidelines of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), all government employees must provide additional information about their finances in the new SALN form.

Surigao del Norte Representative Philip Pichay led several lawmakers at a committee hearing Wednesday to voice their apprehensions over SALN reforms initiated by the CSC that would take effect this year.

“The SALN law did not include the amount and sources of gross income amount of personal and family expenses, and then the amount of income tax paid. This is unconstitutional,” said Pichay.

The lawmaker is the younger brother of Prospero Pichay, former head of Local Water Utilities Administration who was slapped with tax evasion charges after failing to file his income tax return in 2009 when he acquired a thrift bank and saw his net worth rise by P60 million.

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said that if the government would insist on the SALN reforms, the opposition would seek a temporary restraining order from a court.

Lawmakers made similar complaints at the ways and means committee hearing on Tuesday. They claimed that the inclusion of “passive income,” which has been subjected to a final tax such as interest income from bank deposits and cash dividends, and capital gains taxes on property sales, would violate the Bank Secrecy Law, according to Pichay.

He said Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima had already deleted the declaration of these items in a supplemental page of the income tax return “and he was surprised why this was revived by the CSC.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Congress , Government , new SALN

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    Why lawmakers unhappy over new SALN requirements well in fact they are not even filing their SALN. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    No exemptions!

  • romfagen

    ano kaya kung ayaw nila ng patakaran na yan ay umalis na lang sila sa posisyon nila! resign!

  • 4kingdaddy

    does this mean you are hiding something pertaining to your income, mr. pichay????????

  • kapitanvic1

    Like they say what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
    It looks like the House of Reps.opened up a can of worms.

  • sweet_m

    Maraming aalis ng pilipinas nito.

    • romfagen

      mas mabuti nang umalis sa pilipinas ang mga magnanakaw nayan kesa manatili at magnakaw pa ng marami at panatilihin ang bulok na systema.

  • jiroarturo

    Yan na ang patalim sa mga public employees. Sana tumino na kayo niyan. Yon nagtamasa noon baka mapatalsik na kayo sa gobyerno at kasuhan pa kayo ng income tax evasion. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZUPZ2UE2SCF3R2ENPO4L7XZW34 willie luna

    Pichay, the law was amended to close loopholes used by creative cheaters. Quit your post in the government if you can’t handle the new requirements. You elected to be a public servant to serve the nation honestly and smartly. Stop complaining and just do your job and follow rules for the betterment of governing a nation. 

  • Nic Legaspi

    The more stringent the requirements for the SALN are, the better. Dapat i-require na ang pag-file nito. No exemptions. And these documents must be scrutinized upon filing.

  • francoalminolibre

    lawmakers are far worse than the pharisees and sadducees. they actually practice what they accuse against somebody. 

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    The idiocy never stops, in other civilized society people facing tax evasion charges normally bow their heads in shame and keeps a low profile. In the Philippines advocates of the Mafiosi Republic who are remnants of the Arroyo plunderers regime deludes themselves into thinking they can fool the people that they are martyrs except their cost este cause will make even the pirates blush in shame, LOL….

    Exactly what will happen when the friggin gang mates of Corona perverts the Marcos law on absolute right to launder money este bank account secrecy, crooks of all kinds, types, and sizes will hide under this Mafia inspired law.

    • parefrank

       Can you tell what Corona has to do with the SALNs of congressmen? They blame and scrutinize Corona about his SALN but do not want the same to their own statements. Look at some lawmakers who started campaigning with credits and soon became multi millionaires. Are they now afraid to declare their income as “kickback”?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5OC4T6FDZYN5RCVEAFH2YBMNSM Don

    Stirred the hornet’s nest.

  • Datu_Bago

     bat ka magrereklamo kung wala kang tinatago?

  • parefrank

    to Political Jaywalker
    Can you tell what Corona has to do with the SALNs of congressmen? They
    blame and scrutinize Corona about his SALN and income but do not want the same happens to
    their own statements. Look at those lawmakers who started campaigning
    with credits and soon became multi millionaires. Are they now afraid to
    truthfully declare their income as “illegal kickback”?

  • http://fables.boxpinoy.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Mga corrupt lang ang mag-rereklamo dito.

    PDI penge naman kami ng list ng mga nag-proprotest against this new policy, TY.

    May bunga na agad ang ka-SALN-an ni Corona.

  • BAKIT2011

    Oh come on! It must start from the highest public officials and BIR! but hey, what about the corruptions of the accounting firms who seem to be private in nature but dealing with all the corporations and businesses of the land, these accounting firms receive kickbacks/SOPs from big businesses by adjusting their income statements to avoid/to evade payments of business tax?  these SGVs, Punongbayan, etc. are practically unregulated by the government!

  • henry21

    he he he… takot makita ang income ng mga kurakot…

  • henry21

    dapat simulan mula sa presidente pababa…. let’s see who among them will be honest…

  • Rocky6076

    Boomerang effect

  • sweet_m

    Too much micro manage, time consuming, less productivity, waste of money and more prone to error

  • huandelacruz

    Idagdag na nila gawin requirement pag public official, you’ll sign a waiver na once in question the court can open your bank account, peso or dollar account..

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • Camilla’s brother dies of NYC head injury
  • Nepal officials go to Everest to try to end crisis
  • Escudero ready to defend self should name appear in Napoles’ list
  • Obama calls for peaceful end to island dispute
  • Russia not abiding by agreement on Ukraine—Obama
  • Sports

  • Promoters Dela Hoya, Arum in talks for Pacquiao-Alvarez—report
  • Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern
  • Suns’ Goran Dragic win NBA’s Most Improved Player award
  • Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97
  • Ronaldo shakes off injury fears to play Bayern
  • Lifestyle

  • This woman ate what?
  • Photos explore dynamics of youths’ sexual identity
  • 12th Philippine Food Expo set at the World Trade Center
  • No tourist draw, Malang the croc will remain wild
  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Entertainment

  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • Business

  • Facebook profits triple as mobile soars
  • Insular Honors Sales Performers at Testimonial Rites
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
  • Cost-recovery provisions for affected gencos urged
  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Technology

  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH-HK relations repaired, but families of victims still being courted
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged to get clearance before returning
  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Marketplace