Meaning of SALN law is plain, says one of its authors | Inquirer Opinion

Meaning of SALN law is plain, says one of its authors

/ 05:03 AM January 01, 2020

This is a reaction to the editorial, “SALN stonewalling” (12/17/19). I coauthored and sponsored the bill on the floor, all the way to a bicameral conference committee, of what became Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

We came up with its Sec. 8(C) on accessibility.


There we stated that all statements of assets liabilities and net worth (SALNs) “shall be made available for inspection at reasonable hours,” for “copying or reproduction,” with the requesting party liable only for “the cost of reproduction… and certification.”

The law’s meaning is plain to me, the product of our best efforts at clarity. Tested in court though, I run the risk of being told by a petrified court, “that is not what you meant, Mr. Saguisag.”


The lack of openness and transparency natcherly spawns speculations on what is being hidden from the sunlight.

R.A.V. SAGUISAG, Palanan, Makati City

Your daily dose of fearless views

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: judiciary, law, Republic Act, Saguisag, SALN
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.