- Earlier, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has released a report claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to release his SALN for 2018
- The report said that it was the first time in 30 years that a President failed to release his or her SALN
- However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has clarified the issue
- Panelo said that President Duterte already filed his SALN to the Office of the Ombudsman
Recently, a report by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) made the headlines after claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to release his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for 2018.
KAMI learned that Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo has explained the side of the President.
Through a tweet, the PCIJ shared the responses of the Office of the Ombudsman and Malacañang Records Office after they requested for the 2018 SALN of the President.
“This is the first time in the last 30 years that a President has not released his or her SALN. Since the SALN Law was enacted on Feb. 20, 1989, all five presidents before Duterte had publicly disclosed their annual SALNs without fail,” it said in the caption.
However, Panelo explained that the President has already filed his SALN to the Ombudsman.
“The law says you file. He has already complied with that. And it's with the Office of the Ombudsman. That is the repository of the document eh,” Panelo said, as reported by the Philippine Star (authored by Franco Luna).
The Presidential Spokesperson also mentioned that the SALN releases of the past administrations should not be a precedent for the Duterte admin.
“Maybe that's their style. This president's style is different, doesn't mean he has to,” Panelo said.
He also assured the public that the President is not hiding anything about his SALN. Panelo explained that it is the job of the Ombudsman to release the President’s SALN.
As stated in the Constitution, public officials are required to disclose the copy of their SALNs to the public.
As per Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service, failure to file a SALN could lead to suspension of one to six months for the first offense. Meanwhile, a second offense could cause the termination of the official.
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