“Aquino should immediately waive his bank rights to set an example of transparency and accountability in governance. He should have done this since the beginning of his presidency as he promised during the electoral campaign,” Joseph Canlas said, Amgl chairperson.
Amgl said that regardless of Corona’s impeachment Aquino is essentially morally obliged to open up his bank accounts and not invoke his legal privacy rights. The group also criticized his pronouncement that he is not on equal footing with the ousted chief justice, thus, not required to do the same.
“His very statement that he is not on the level of Corona, the more he should open up his bank accounts as he should be humble enough, and set an example to all government officials to encourage transparency,” Canlas said.
Amgl also supported the moves of some government officials to waive their bank privacy rights. Recently, senators Francis Escudero, Antonio Triallnes and Ramon Revilla Jr. waived their rights and also the Makabayan Coalition bloc in the House of Representatives such as Bayan Muna representatives Teddy Casiño, Neri Colmenares, Anakpawis rep. Rafael Mariano, Gabriela Women’s Party representatives Luzviminda Ilagan, Emmie de Jesus, Kabataan Partylist rep. Raymond Palatino and ACT Party Rep. Antonio Tinio.
“Other government leaders have waived their bank rights so there is no difficulty for Aquino to follow step. If not, it only means that lower officials are more transparent than Aquino and have done better,” Canlas said. #