Faulty STATEMENTS of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) can lead to conviction of government officials and employees, their spouses and unmarried children.
This was pointed out on Friday by an advocacy group spearheaded by Benny Gonzales and lawyer Jelly Nacino at the weekly forum Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City to explain why former Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife Cristina got into more trouble because of their faulty SALN.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales this week sought the freezing of P130.59 million in the Coronas’ assets before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan.
Gonzales said when an accused is charged base on facts in his SALN, the case “must be the most straightforward case there is” that could be filed.
“[The accused] must now carry the burden of proving the veracity of [his SALN’s]content by volunteering documents in support of the numbers there, thus saving the prosecution the aggravation of getting documents accepted as [pieces of evidence], which can save a lot of time and money,” he added.
Gonzales said SALN are analyzed by the government to determine accuracy of purchases and cash balances, property transactions increase in net.