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.”

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  • Lloyd

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

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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”?

  • 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”?

  • 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..

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