Robredo slams Ombudsman for limiting access to gov't officials' SALN : "Maling mali"

Robredo slams Ombudsman for limiting access to gov't officials' SALN : "Maling mali"


The decision of the Ombudsman to restrict the access to government official’s Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN),have been met with a lot of howls form the political opposition.

According to Ombudsman Samuel MartiresSALN’s should only be released only for official investigations, by court order, or upon authority from officials themselves.

The Ombudsman in a budget briefing told lawmakers that SALN’s  are not necessary in corruption probes against officials and that such document can be weaponized against them.

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Vice President Leni Robredo is very much saddened by the decision of the Ombudsman, she adds the rule set by Martires would only give these officials a “license” to hide their riches.

"Maling-mali. Maling-mali iyong signals na binibigay," she said in her weekly radio show.

(It's very wrong. It sends the wrong signals.)

"Kapag inalis mo iyong SALN ano bang mensahe iyong binibigay mo? Anong mensahe iyong binibigay mo sa tao, na ang korapsyon hindi priority ng pamahalaan?"

(If you remove the SALN, what message are you giving to the public? That [addressing] corruption in not a priority of government?)

The example given by the Ombudsman regarding ownership of an official of a luxury car is not an indication of ill-gotten wealth, did not really sit well with the Vice President.

"Nakakalungkot, Ka Ely. Ilang beses ko binasa, eh kasi hindi ako makapaniwala na galing pa sa head ng opisina na dapat nag-iimbestiga," she said.

(It's sad. I read it many times because I could not believe it came from the office that should be the one investigating.)

"Parang binibigyan mo ng license iyong mga public officials na magtago ng kanilang mga yaman na hindi dapat kasi requirement iyon under the law and the Constitution."

(It's like you're giving public officials the license to hide their wealth, which is against the requirement under the law and the Constitution.)



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