MANILA, Philippines — Upon getting rejected two times for soliciting for a replica of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Remark of Belongings, Liabilities, and Web price (SALN) in the course of the freedom of knowledge, a legal professional opted this time to immediately search the file immediately from the Leader Government.
Atty. Dino de Leon on September 10 wrote to Duterte via Government Secretary Salvador Medialdea, interesting the denial of his freedom of knowledge request – first in November 2020 by means of the Malacañang Information Administrative center (MRO) and in July 2021 by means of the Administrative center of the Ombudsman.
He then asked Duterte “to revisit the MRO’s determination to refuse the issuance of your SALN.”
“As an alternative, you’ll, motu proprio, give you the undersigned with a licensed replica of your entire SALNs ever because you assumed place of job in 2016,” De Leon additionally stated in his letter to the President.
“Must you to find this unacceptable for no matter explanation why, you’re as an alternative asked to give you the undersigned the vital notarized authorization from you,” he added, bringing up that some of the necessities of Memorandum Round No. 1 collection of 2020, which the Ombudsman used as a foundation to disclaim him of his request for Duterte’s SALN, is to safe the consent of the SALN declarant.
De Leon then reminded Duterte about his intended pledge for transparency and in opposition to corruption.
“Given your declare that you’re for transparency and in opposition to corruption, I sit up for your certain reaction inside 5 days from receipt of this letter,” he additionally stated.
In line with De Leon, he first asked the MRO to unlock a licensed replica of Duterte’s SALN on November 18, 2020. The next day to come, the MRO denied his request and directed him to report the precise request with the Administrative center of the Ombudsman.
On July 16, 2021, de Leon stated he made the request with the Administrative center of the Ombudsman. However Ombudsman Samuel Martires denied it “purportedly pursuant to Memorandum Round No. 1 collection of 2020.”
Beneath the memo, a replica of the SALN could also be given to the professional or his duly approved consultant, via a court docket order for a pending case, and if the request is made by means of the Administrative center of the Ombudsman’s Box Investigation Administrative center/Bureau/Unit (FIO/FIB/FIU) for the aim of carrying out a fact-finding investigation.
The memo additional says, “In all different cases, no SALN will probably be furnished to the requester except he/she gifts a notarized letter of authority from the declarant permitting the discharge of the
In the meantime, Duterte’s Government Order on freedom of knowledge or FOI permits the get right of entry to of presidency officers’ SALNs in keeping with present rules, regulations, and rules.
Duterte, on the other hand, has no longer launched his SALN to the general public since 2018. SALN is being filed yearly by means of executive officers.
De Leon has been soliciting for a replica of Duterte’s SALNs amid corruption allegations within the executive, and just lately the multi-billion-peso contract that was once awarded to Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. for the federal government’s procurement of scientific provides for its COVID-19 pandemic reaction in 2020. — Zacarian Sarao
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