Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Renato Reyes made a headline on Monday following the submission of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) at the office of the Civil Service Commission.
Reyes, a top ranking official of a government-registered party is required to submit his SALN under Art. XI Sec. 17 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution.
What makes his SALN shocking is not his net worth or asset, but his declared real property assets.
Reyes, an activist who make his living on streets, has included EDSA and Mendiola Bridge as part of his real estate properties.
The following is Mr. Reyes summarized SALN
- Asset = P1,879,456
- Liabilities = P213,708
- Net Worth = P1,665,748
The document says Mr. Reyes has two houses, three vehicles, jewelries, clothes, online gaming business, and cash in bank amounting to P879,063.
Mr. Reyes included EDSA which valued at P100,000, and Mendiola Bridge which valued at P60,000.
When asked why he thinks EDSA and Mendiola Bridge must be included in his SALN, Reyes said he partly owned the iconic places, reiterating that blood of his brothers and comrades were poured in both places several times.
“I cannot own it alone. Millions of Filipinos owns EDSA and Mendiola so my share is just P160,000. It’s not the government money that used to build both structures. It’s from people’s pockets”, Reyes said.
The CSC employee who received Reyes’ SALN refused to give media interview, but said she asked Mr. Reyes to remove both government properties from his SALN. It was not clear whether Mr. Reyes insisted.
CSC Chaiman Alicia dela Rosa-Bala has yet to give comment about the controversial matter. /Dante Rivas/
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