BMP dares gov't officials: Disclose your bank accounts
By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 02/20/2012 1:54 PM | Updated as of 02/20/2012 1:54 PM
MANILA, Philippines - Some 40 workers under the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) staged a picket in front of the Supreme Court (SC) today to call on all government officials to disclose their bank accounts amid the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
The campaign comes in the wake of the presentation of evidence by the House Prosecution Panel on Article 2 of the Impeachment Complaint against Corona for non-disclosure of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).
While taking the position that all government officials should disclose their SALNs, BMP said the bank accounts, including dollar accounts, of all public officials must be disclosed to the public as well.
"SALN is not enough, we demand the full disclosure of all bank records including dollar accounts by all government officials, not just Corona," BMP president Leody de Guzman said.
"If Noynoy (President Aquino) and Corona are truly sincere in their calls for transparency and public accountability, we challenge them to disclose their bank records. Also, if genuine democracy exists in our country, the 'people's right to know' should have the primacy over the property rights of individuals," he added.
The group bore with them plackards that read" "Disclose all," "Lahat! Di lang si Corona," and "Lahat! Pati dollar accounts."
They also called on the high tribunal to lift a temporary restraining order (TRO) it issued in favor of Philippine Savings (PS) Bank where the Chief Magistrate supposedly keeps his dollar accounts.
In issuing the TRO, the Supreme Court stressed that under the Foreign Currency Deposit Act, only the depositor may waive his/her right to absolute confidentiality of foreign currency accounts.