Vice President Leni Robredo believes Ombudsman Samuel Martires is giving government officials a “license” to hide their wealth by stopping lifestyle checks and restricting public access to their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Naghigpit pa sa SALN! Robredo can’t believe Martires is giving politikos license to hide wealth by stopping lifestyle checks

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Vice President Leni Robredo believes Ombudsman Samuel Martires is giving government officials a “license” to hide their wealth by stopping lifestyle checks and restricting public access to their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Robredo on Sunday (September 27) said she was saddened by Martires’ recent decisions.

“Hindi ako makapaniwala na galing pa sa head ng opisina na dapat nag-iimbestiga. 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,” she said on her radio show, “Biserbisyong Leni.”

Earlier this month, Martires issued a memorandum circular limiting public access to SALNs and imposing stringent requirements to obtain a copy of the document. In a hearing at the House of Representatives, the Ombudsman said SALNs have been “weaponized” by persons with an axe to grind against public officials.

Martires said he also stopped lifestyle checks since the law on government officials’ conduct is open to misinterpretation.

Robredo said stopping lifestyle checks on government officials sends the wrong signal to the public these could indicate a government official is living above his or her means.

“Ako dapat tinitingnan ito, kasi ito ang hindi siguro siya proof, pero siya ay red flag na ito ang further na iimbestigahin pa natin. Dahil iyong kaniyang yaman ay hindi commensurate sa kaniyang sweldo as a public official,” she said.

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“For too long, society’s approach to menstruation and women’s health has been defined by taboo and stigma. It is now our responsibility to culturally redefine what is normal,” said the model, who lives in Paris.

“Menstruation is a normal bodily function. As UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, I want to work to build a world where we no longer need to explain this.”

Vodianova and the UNFPA, which focuses on reproductive and maternal health, will work together to empower women and girls against prejudices around their bodies and health that can lead to discrimination and exclusion.

“It’s a tragic irony that something as universal as menstruation can make girls feel so isolated,” said UNFPA director Natalia Kanem.

“Societies prosper when girls are confident, empowered and making their own decisions.”

The model joins other UNFPA goodwill ambassadors including US actress Ashley Judd and Danish princess Mary Donaldson.

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“Hindi ako holdaper.”

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“Eh hindi ako holdaper na sanay magsalita nitong naka (face mask) kaya tinatanggal ko.

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