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Carpio-Morales slams Martires limiting access to SALN

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has criticized her successor Samuel Martires for ordering to limit public access to a government official’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), saying his statement is against the Office of the Ombudsman’s mandate to promote transparency......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardSep 29th, 2020

Weaponizing SALN

What prompted Ombudsman Samuel Martires to issue that memorandum limiting the access of any individual to a public official’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

SIDEBAR 1: A citizen’s guide to where and how to get a SALN 

By Karol Ilagan and Rex David Morales Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  Only two of the six custodians of the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) provide access to full copies of SALNs without the need for the declarants’ approval. Over the years SALN custodians have restricted public access to wealth disclosure records. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

KULANG SA IMPLEMENTASYON AT SUPERBISYON

MISMONG si dating Ombudsman Conchita  Carpio-Morales ay tutol sa pag-abolish ng anti-graft body at sinisisi niya si Ombudman Samuel Martires sa mungkahi nitong pwedeng iabolis ito habang ginagawa ang pagdinig sa House Budget sa Ombudsman. Inabisuhan na rin niya umano si Martires na sundin ang batas laban sa graft sa pagliham dito, kasabay ng pagtutol […] The post KULANG SA IMPLEMENTASYON AT SUPERBISYON appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Martires: SALN used by crooks for extortion

The Statements of Assets Liabilities and Networth in some cases are used by crooked individuals for extortion, Ombudsman Samuel Martires said on Saturday while defending his order to stop the conduct of lifestyle checks on public officials and restricting access to SALNs filed at his agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Anti-graft office that restricted SALN access has stopped doing lifestyle checks on officials

The Office of the Ombudsman has not been conducting lifestyle checks among government officials as chief graft buster Samuel Martires questioned the “logic” behind this......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Ombudsman rebuked over non-release of President, VP’s SALNs

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales yesterday maintained that the sitting ombudsman has the authority to release the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth of government officials, including the country’s president and vice president, contrary to the remark of her successor Samuel Martires......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2019

Release of Duterte, Leni SALNs suspended

Ombudsman Samuel Martires has suspended the release to the media of the 2018 statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of President Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, saying his office is currently revising its policy on public access to SALNs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Ex-vice gov faces raps over SALN violations

MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ordered yesterday the filing of charges against a former vice governor of Tawi-Tawi for violations in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2016

Carpio, Carpio-Morales prod SC: Filipinos chilled to silence by fear of anti-terrorism law

“Their propensity to condemn before they hear (in some cases, no hearing at all) makes designation no more than a witch-hunt,” the petitioners said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

Why public can’t access SALN of magistrates

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta defended the High Tribunal’s restriction of public access to the Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs) of magistrates. Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Diosdado M. Peralta (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We cannot release the SALN because there are matters there that are confidential in nature,” Peralta said during an online press briefing. The Chief Justice said that the SALN contains information like the addresses of judges and their family members which could be used by parties in influencing the decision-making of cases. “You can just imagine ‘yung mga judges na nagdecide ng cases against somebody (What might happen to judges who decided on cases against somebody),” he said. Because of this, Peralta said the SC has implemented guidelines which restricts public access to SALNs of magistrates. “We came up with the guidelines that we can only release ‘yung summary,” the Chief Justice said. Last September, the SC denied the requests of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon for copies of the SALN of SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. Gadon has filed a letter of appeal to the SC insisting that it should release Leonen’s SALN since the magistrate has allegedly skipped the filing of SALNs when Leonen was still teaching at the University of the Philippines (UP). In a letter addressed to SC Clerk of Court Edgardo Aricheta, Gadon said “the right of any citizen for access on SALNs is clearly provided under the law.” “With due respect to the Supreme Court, the denial only invites suspicion among the public that the Supreme Court is hiding something in so far as the SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen are concerned and that it cannot also escape public suspicion that the Supreme Court is giving AJ Marvic Leonen a special treatment and protection which I hope is not true,” the lawyer warned. Gadon pointed out “there is no lawful nor valid reason why my request for the certified copies of the SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen cannot be granted.” “The Supreme Court granted the same request in the case of Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno hence it should be granted in the instant request for SALNs of AJ Marvic Leonen,” he reminded. Prior to Sereno’s ouster in 2018 as chief justice, Gadon was able to secure from the High Tribunal copies of her SALNs. Sereno was ousted as Chief Justice in 2018 after the SC granted the quo warranto petition of the OSG which sought to invalidate her appointment at the High Tribunal over violations in skipping the filing of her SALNs when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). “If Atty. Lourdes Sereno was ousted from the Supreme Court due to lack of integrity as exemplified by her non-filing of SALNs in UP for many years, then there is no reason why the same standard should not be applied to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen,” said Gadon who also alleged that Leonen had skipped in the filing of SALNs when he was still a UP law professor......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Duterte’s SALNs secret; PCIJ makes public wealth disclosures of all presidents since Cory

With the Office of the Ombudsman’s latest memorandum circular, SALN access is now restricted across all branches of government......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

SALN, lifestyle check gamit sa pangingikil ng mga politiko, mediamen – Omb. Martires

Manila, Philippines – Iginiit ni Ombudsman Samuel Martires na ginagamit lang ng mga politiko at mediamen sa pangingikil ang mga Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth at lifestyle check. Paliwanag ni Martires, napag-alaman ito sa mga isinasagawang imbestigasyon mismo ng mga kagawad ng Office of the Ombudsman na nag-iimbestiga sa mga sumbong laban sa […] The post SALN, lifestyle check gamit sa pangingikil ng mga politiko, mediamen – Omb. Martires appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Ex-Ombudsman bats for support to arbitral ruling

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to seek more international support for the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing’s excessive claims in the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

No SALN, no lifestyle check

Ombudsman Samuel Martires came out with two controversial statements recently. This leads me to ask: What is he trying to prove?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

EDITORIAL - One less weapon vs graft

After blocking access to the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth or SALN of public officials, the Office of the Ombudsman has found yet another means of holding back efforts toward transparency and good governance......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

Limiting access to SALNs not a good thing for public s confidence in gov t — Diokno

"Without those lifestyle checks, without the access to [Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth], you're actually putting blinders not only on the press but on the public and that’s not a good thing for confidence in our government," Diokno said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

Why the Ombudsman restricted SALN access

Why the Ombudsman restricted SALN access.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Palace: Respect Ombudsman s decision limiting access to officials wealth declarations

Malacañang on Thursday defended the Office of the Ombudsman, the body mandated by the 1987 Constitution to check graft and corruption, in its decision to limit access to government officials' wealth declaration documents. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

Ombudsman restricts media, public access to SALN

The public, including members of the media, may no longer obtain from the Office of the Ombudsman a copy of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth of the president, vice president and other government officials without the approval of the concerned official......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

Ombudsman limits access to SALNs of gov t execs

The Office of the Ombudsman has restricted the access to public officials’ Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth by requiring the consent of the statement's owner before a SALN request can be evaluated by the Ombudsman’s office......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 15th, 2020