1 June 2012
OFW group to PNoy: Lead by example, execute a waiver to open your bank accounts
“Execute a waiver to open your bank account for public scrutiny. This is a clear demonstration of leading by example so that all the members of your cabinet and members of the Congress would follow the same,” thus urged today by a Filipino migrant rights group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME).
John Leonard Monterona, M-ME regional coordinator said though issuance of the waiver to publicly open his bank accounts is entirely a public officials’ prerogative as it is not required by any law, it is unarguably a good outcome of the Corona impeachment, which the government must totally support in the name of transparency and public accountability in its effort to root out prevalent graft and corruption in the country.
Yesterday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, like any other government officials, “the President's statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) already has a waiver that authorizes the Ombudsman to look into it”.
Reacting to it, M-ME’s Monterona said: “We would remind President Aquino III that he was once asked during his presidential campaign sorties if he would be amenable to issue a waiver and he answered on the affirmative. Now is the time to do so amid public cry for transparency and accountability.”
Monterona added if Mr. Aquino changed his position on issuing waiver to open his bank accounts now that he is the incumbent president, then he might not be leading the country by example and he is far from being a transformational leader our country needs.
“Somehow, the public may question his moral leadership as it will be perceived that he too is hiding huge amounts not declared in his SALN amid his stand against issuing a waiver to open his bank accounts,” Monterona opined.
“The President’s stand that there is no need to issue a waiver to open his bank accounts for public scrutiny is like a black eye to his administration’s campaign against graft and corruption, transparency and public accountability. PNoy should reconsider his stand on issuing a waiver and he should urge all his Cabinet members to do so. Doing this is leading the country by good examples,” Monterona concluded. # # #
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator
Mobile No. 00974 33 20 5565