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BIR employee, 3 months suspended for not filing his SALN


MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has suspended Arsenio N. Reyes, Revenue Officer III of Revenue Region Number 10 (Legazpi City) of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), for his failure to file his Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

In its 4-page decision, signed by Chairman Francisco T. Duque and Commissioners Robert Martinez and Nieves Osorio, the CSC found substantial evidence to hold Reyes guilty of failure to file his SALN for the year 2010 and imposed the penalty of suspension for a period of three (3) months.

Reyes’ case stemmed from a complaint filed by the Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS), the anti-corruption arm of the Department of Finance. In February 2011, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima issued Department Order Number 12-2011 enjoining all officials and employees of the DOF and its attached agencies and instrumentalities to submit a copy of their SALNs to the heads of offices, the Revenue Operations and Legal Affairs and RIPS.

This decision is a timely reminder to all public servants to file their SALNs this April.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.