DA chief willing to submit himself to any investigation re SALN
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he is willing to submit himself to any investigation regarding his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) which allegedly ballooned less than a year since he assumed post in the government.
This also came after Piñol’s social media brawl with journalist Frank Cimatu wherein the latter implied in his post that the agri chief benefited financially in the recent bird flu outbreak.
“I am very transparent and I am willing to submit to any investigating body all of my bank accounts and copies of ITR (income tax return) before I entered government to prove that I never gained P21 million in six months, much more from the Bird Flu crisis,” Piñol said.
Based on the report of Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), across a seven-year period, a “fantastic” P21.9-million increase was recorded in the net worth of Piñol, or from P3.6 million in the SALN he filed as of Dec. 31, 2009, to P25.59 million in his latest SALN as of Dec. 31, 2016.
“If there is one thing I treasure as a public servant, it is an untarnished record as a public official. I may not be perfect but certainly, I am not a crook,” Piñol pointed out.
“As soon as I arrive in Manila, I will consult with my lawyers so I could file a libel case against Cimatu to teach him a lesson. Frank Cimatu will not get out of this malicious insult unscathed,” he added.