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The Office of the Ombudsman clarified that the newly released Memorandum Circular No. 1, series of 2020 or the Amended Guideline on Public Access to Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth is solely applicable to public officials and employees where the Office of the Ombudsman is the official repository.

The officials which submit their SALNs to the Ombudsman include the president, vice-president, constitutional officials such as chairpersons and commissioners of the Commission on Audit, Commission on Elections, and Civil Service Commission and the Ombudsman and the deputies.

Meanwhile, those before the Deputy Ombudsman in their respective regions include:

a. regional officials and employees of the departments, bureaus, and agencies of the National Government, government-owned and/or controlled corporations with and without an original charter, and their subsidiaries in the regions, state colleges, and universities

b. provincial elective officials and employees including governors, vice-governors, Sangguniang Panlalawigan members

c. city and municipal elective officials and employees, including mayors, vie-mayors, Sangguniang Bayan/Panlungsod Members and barangay officials

d. officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines below the rank of colonel or naval captain (Lieutenant Colonel, Captain 1st Lieutenant and 2nd Lieutenant of both Army and Air Force, Commander, Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant Senior Grade, Lieutenant Junior Grade, and Ensign for Navy, and other enlisted officers)

e. officers of the Philippine National Police below the rank of Senior Superintendent (Superintendent, Chief Inspector, Senior Inspector, Inspector, and other police officers)

f. officers of the Philippine Coast Guard below the rank of Commodore (Captain, Commander, Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Junior Grade and Ensign)

The memorandum contains more restrictive guidelines on who can request a copy of SALN. These include: government officials, a representative of the official with a notarized letter, a requester acting upon lawful order of the court in relation to a pending case, field investigators of the Ombudsman for the purpose of conducting fact-finding investigation and a requester with a notarized letter of authority from the official who owns the SALN.

The memorandum will be effective on September 25, 15 days after it was published in a national newspaper and submitted for filling to the University of the Philippines Law Center last September 10.

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