BY JEFFREY DAMICOG
The Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC) is set to receive the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) of officials of the Department of Transportation (DoTr), said Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra Monday.
“The submission by the DoTr of the SALNs of its officials and employees to the task force is purely the DoTr’s initiative,” Guevarra said.
DoTr Arthur Tugade announced Sunday that he has ordered DoTr officials to submit their SALNs to the TFAC after Guevarra revealed last Saturday the DoTr was one of the government agencies mentioned among the complaints and reports of corruption that the task force received.
“Secretary Tugade (DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade) mentioned this matter of submitting SALNs of DoTR officials to the DoJ task force during one of our meetings with the President,” Guevarra said.
“The task force will use SALNs showing assets which are grossly disproportionate to salaries as possible indicators of graft and corruption in the course of investigating officials or employees of the DoTR alleged to be involved in certain corrupt practices,” he explained.
On the other hand, Guverra clarified that the TFAC is not requiring government agencies to submit the SALNs of their respective officials.
“We are not requiring other agencies to submit the SALNs of their officials and employees to the TFAC, as we know where to get them should the need for the production of SALNs arise,” the Justice Secretary said.
Guevarra pointed out the task force “may need the SALN of any government official or employee only if he is involved in a specific investigation being conducted by the Task Force Against Corruption (TFAC).”