“They have a lot to hide.”
This is how Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson described presidential aspirants who refuse to disclose their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) to the public.
Speaking at ANC’s presidential interviews, Lacson said: “As for me, I have released my latest SALN yesterday… it was for 2018, 2019, 2020.”
Lacson was at the bottom half of the wealthiest senators for 2020 based on the latest summary of senators’ SALN released through the Senate’s official website. Another presidential aspirant — Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao — topped the list with over P3-billion net worth.
He ranked 17 out of 24 senators after declaring a net worth of P58,330,269 — nearly P20-million higher than his 2019 SALN of P48,959,138.98.
Discussions about the records resurfaced after former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he would not release his SALN should he get elected in the 2022 May elections.
He expressed fear it may be used by his political rivals much like the case of late Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona who was impeached for allegedly “betraying public trust” by not fully disclosing his assets.
Marcos Jr., however, later clarified it and said he is “perfectly willing” to release it.
Other presidential bets have strayed away from his narrative including Pacquiao who vowed there will be no exemption for the disclosure of SALN under his term.