It’s time to file tax returns, SALNs


It’s tax filing season and for government officials, in particular, the time of year for disclosing their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

And since it’s the election season as well, at least one candidate has suggested, why not ask the candidates who are now in public office to disclose not just their SALNs but their income tax returns (ITRs) as well?

Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, one of President Aquino’s handpicked senatorial bets, said the disclosure of both documents would be the best way for the electorate to scrutinize the candidates, particularly those running for the Senate.

“It so happens that April 15 is the deadline for the submission of the SALNs. It’s also the deadline (for the submission) of the income tax returns (ITRs),” Angara told a news conference at the administration’s Team PNoy headquarters in Makati.

“I would support the filing of the disclosure of the SALNs. Not only that, also the ITRs of all the candidates for senator,” he said.

Remember Corona

Angara was one of the spokespersons of the House prosecution team during the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.

One of the issues raised against Corona, who was removed from office, was his failure to disclose his substantial bank holdings in his SALN.

Aside from pushing for the disclosure of the extent of a candidate’s wealth, Angara called on the electorate to closely examine the performance of those candidates who are incumbent officials while they were in office.

He urged voters “to junk candidates with a record of repeated absences in legislative sessions thereby neglecting their sworn duties and responsibilities to the people.”

“Let’s not vote for the candidates who weren’t reporting for work. Let’s not vote for the candidates who weren’t doing their jobs,” Angara said.

He asked “voters to be more vigilant and look into the record of the candidates who are mostly incumbent or former members of Congress.”

For those candidates who are not incumbent officials, Angara said voters should look at their achievements and credentials.

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  • Weder-Weder Lang

    Reminder to Sonny Angara:

    01. Make sure you have a good explanation ready when they ask how you acquired your pricey property in Bel-Air despite your meager salary as a legislator.

    02. Make sure to declare your earnings from R.E.A.D., the bogus NGO your daddy Senator Edong set up to funnel his PDAF into.

    03. Make sure to declare how much you’ve misappropriated into your own pocket out of the P2.3 billion spent on APECO thus far.

    04. Make sure to include your liabilities, such as the losses and future losses you might incur in the money market. Michael Lim of Singapore says hi. $500,000 last time was just a teaser.

    Reminder to Supreme Court Justices:

    01. Be careful with your 2012 SALN. Sereno, according to COA and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, committed the same impeachable offenses as Corona because of the misdeclared, underdeclared and undeclared assets and liabilities in her 2011 SALN. Impeachment is waiting for Sereno after 2016.

  • farmerpo

    So what and who cares? Erap stil owes P307Million and still singing, living and drinking like a lark. Ikulong nyo muna tsaka kayo magsalita. Angara pa? Lukohin nyo lelong nyong panot.

    • Guest

      Sa political ads, naka-suot ng boxing gloves si Alan pero nakabarong ata
      siya dun. Baduy ha!

  • DoReMiFaSoliman

    dont vote for people who dont do their jobs? sounds about right :) go sonny!

  • tommyhilfinger

    how is the government different from any other job? if you dont show up you dont get paied. if you dont show up for a long time you get fired….

  • antlagdamn

    i think this is interesting. im actually quite curious on how much they are worth

    • corymoran

      yes it is indeed curious. i hope they make it public! :D

  • BoredRomeo

    i agree with you sonny… no show… no vote!

  • $14334231

    pumuti muna ang uwak bago nila (pulitikos) ipakita ang kanilang ITRs…..magkakabukuhan at malalaman ng sambayanan kung magkano, at saan nanggaling, ang kanilang kayamanan…

  • $19543087

    Yes, let us require all candidates to publish their ITR & SALNs so we will know how much are they worth before becoming government officials or not. Those who are incumbent senators & congressmen running for re-election must disclose their attendance records. The senate & house of representative responsible for keeping attendance records must publish them for the informations of the voting public. So with the Civil Service Commission to disclose the SALNs of all candidates! Move now fast!!!

  • rlo

    For reals? I’m excited to see who is the wealthiest of all current candidates. I’m sure none are beggars.

  • Guest

    Bumisita nga si Alan Cayetano sa mga palengke, may mask naman nakatakip
    sa ilong at bibig niya. Ano ba yan!

  • kilabot

    leave politicians alone.
    their saln and itr are confidential;
    they shouldn’t disclose them;
    unless they’re willing to incriminate themselves;
    they’re no crooks for nothing.

  • JasonBieber

    It would be great i the rich and powerful government elected officials would open their accounts to have transparency. But unfortunately that will not happen.

    During the Corona impeachment everyone including PNoy made a big deal about Corona not showing his accounts and the fact that he did not want to show it somehow proved his guilt but yet since then Corona did allow for his accounts to be open and yet he still got impeached. but worse part those calling for Corona to open his accounts themselves won’t do the same.

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