Ex-Sulu gov Tan fined P25K over failure to file SALNs

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By: James Hernandez

Former Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan has been slapped with P25,000 fine for failing to file for five years his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs).

The Sandiganbayan 6th Division imposed the fine after Tan pleaded guilty in five counts of violating Section 8 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees.

Under the charges, Tan had failed to file his SALNs from 2007 to 2011.

The Office of the Ombudsman which filed the case against him had ruled that the Code of Conduct provides that “regional and local officials and employees shall file their SALNs with the Office of the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman in their respective regions.”

“It is imperative that every public official or government employee must make and submit a complete disclosure of his assets, liabilities and net worth in order to suppress any questionable accumulation of wealth,” it said.

Apart from Tan, his son, Maimbung, Sulu Mayor Samier Tan, also faces the same charges before the Sandiganbayan for his failure to file SALNs on 2010 and 2011.