Celiz files case against Mejorada for being unable to pass SALN

ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES, March 13 – Iloilo City Major Jed Patrick E. Mabilog’s liaison officer for political affair Jeffrey Celiz filed an administrative complaint against former Iloilo Provincial Administrator Manuel “Boy” Mejorada before the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas.

Celiz charged Mejorada for violation of R.A. 6713 also referred to as “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”, thus, he is asking for the Ombudsman to file six counts of violation of R.A. 6173.

On his filed grievance, Celiz attached a certification issued by Alma Ravena, Asst. Department Head, Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO) of the Iloilo Province proclaiming that Mejorada failed to file and submit his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from years 2003-2005 and 2008-2010.

Under the law, public officials and employees possess the obligation to accomplish and submit declaration under oath, understanding that the public has the right to know their assets, liabilities, net worth, financial and business interests which include those of their spouse and unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households.

Also, public officials and employees, except individuals who serve in an honorary capacity, laborers and casual or temporary workers, shall file under oath their SALN and the disclosure of business interest and financial connections and those of their spouses and unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households.

Celiz stated failure of Mejorada to file his SALN at that time when he was a provincial administrator is clearly a violation of the said provision.

Mejorada, a well-known critic of Mabilog, also hit the mayor for misdeclared SALN in the past months.

For his part, Mejorada thought that the complaint is still a part of the incessant harassment mounted by the Mabilog administration against him to stop the exposes on corruption issues affecting the Iloilo City Government. Mejorada said the Mabilog administration has moved to the legal front with the filing of a libel complaint late last year, and this instant complaint.