'Why blame me?' Ombudsman defends decision to restrict access to SALN anew

Ombudsman Samuel Martires again defends his decision to restrict access to the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth of public officials, saying other offices also have guidelines for the release of SALNs.

10/26/2021 7:32:00 AM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires again defends his decision to restrict access to the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth of public officials, saying other offices also have guidelines for the release of SALNs.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires again defends his decision to restrict access to the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth of public officials, saying other offices also have guidelines for the release of SALNs.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) —Ombudsman Samuel Martires again defended his decision to restrict access to the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth of public officials, saying other offices also have guidelines for the release of SALNs.

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"Bakit ako lang ang sinisisi? Why are fingers pointed at me, blaming me for violating transparency? Hindi lang ako ang mayroong ganito eh," Martires told CNN Philippines'The Sourceon Tuesday.[Translation: Why am I the only one being blamed? Why are fingers pointed at me, blaming me for violating transparency? I am not the only one with such guidelines.]

He pointed out that other agencies like the Supreme Court also imposed restrictions on the release of SALNs of justices and judges, while the House of Representatives has its own rules on accessing the SALNs of congressmen.The SALNs under the custody of the Office of the Ombudsman are of the president, vice president, heads of constitutional commissions, deputy ombudsman, local officials, select uniformed personnel, and presidents of state universities. headtopics.com

Martires asked why the public seems to be only interested in the SALN of President Rodrigo Duterte.“Why are we so interested only in the SALN of the President? Why are we not interested in the SALN of the Vice President, in the SALN of senators and congressmen, and other constitutional officers? What is wrong? Are we selective?” he said.

Under the Ombudsman's Memorandum Circular 1, a copy of the SALN will only be provided to the requester if she/he is the declarant or the duly authorized representative of the declarant, the request is upon lawful order of the court in relation to a pending case, and the request is made by this agency’s field investigation office/bureau/unit for the purpose of conducting fact-finding investigation.

RELATED:Ombudsman tightens rules on access to SALNs of government officials The Ombudsman reiterated that his decision to limit access to SALNs was triggered by reports from intelligence officers and field investigators that SALNs are allegedly being used for"extortion, harassment, and for some illegal activities."

"I studied the SALN law and I found out that while the law expressly states that the public has the right of access to information, the law did not provide a provision restricting the issuance of a regulation," he said.He also pointed out that Republic Act 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, already states that it is unlawful for anyone to obtain or use any statement, like SALNs, filed under the law for “any purpose contrary to morals or public policy; or any commercial purpose other than by news and communications media for dissemination to the general public.” headtopics.com

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The Office of the Ombudsman earlier proposed amendments that would limit the media's use of the SALNs only to"reporting of facts provided in the statement and no further commentaries could be made thereon."Martires remained firm about his decision not to release the documents under his jurisdiction without authorization from the declarants themselves.

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Diba marcos kwan ka? Marteris I believed you are not fit in your position... You are a protector of politician or high public official and not in this country... Maraming corrupt sa gobyerno kaysa ordinaryong tao at hindi mabuhay sa Piso lang. Kung ayaw maglabas nang SALN huwag mag silbi sa bayan. Typical puppy of Dutete

The Despicable Ombudsman 🤦‍♂️🤥👿 Plunderer Pa More! Masamang Pangitain Sa Administrasyong Duterte! Puro Kamalasan Nanyari Sa Mundo! Better To Oust! The Mad Of Asia To Stop The Killings! Stop The Killings! Unga Naman Mga UTO UTO At BUGOK! Na Mga DDS At MARCOS History Revisionist? Mga Dating BALIW! Baliw Ba Kayo? Masamang Pangitain Sa Administrasyong Duterte! Puro Kamalasan Nanyari Sa Mundo! Better To Oust! The Mad Of Asia To Stop The Killings!

Na Loko na.. I hope he gets booted out after election Ano bang trabaho mo as ombudsman? Yung SALN po ay panglaban sa mga kawatan sa gobyerno. Kayo po ang dapat mamuno sa pag-tugis ng mga kawatan. Kung ipag-kakait nyo po iyan, paano mahababol ang mga kawatan? Meron pa bang iba?

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🤣😂🤣😂ano nga ba function ng Ombudsman? Duterte’s lackey 1. Can can someone sue the Ombudsman? As a goodwill gesture, I wish to send you flowers and candles, Martires.

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