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Sikretong malupit! Ombudsman requires politikos’consent before releasing SALN copy

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The Office of the Ombudsman will now require a government official’s consent before releasing a copy of his or her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) to anyone who will request it.

Under Memorandum Circular No. 1 dated September 1, a copy of a government official’s SALN will only be furnished to a requester if:

– he/she is the declarant or the duly authorized representative of the declarant;

– the request is upon lawful order of the court in relation to a pending case; and

– the request is made by the Ombudsman’s Field Investigation Office/Bureau/Unit (FIO/FIB/FIU) for the purpose of conducting fact-finding investigation.

“In all other instances, no SALN will be furnished to the requester unless he/she presents a notarized letter of authority from the declarant allowing the release of the requested SALN,” the memo read.

Even if the requester obtains the government official’s consent, the Office of the Ombudsman said in the memo that it would still evaluate the request for a SALN copy.

Taking photos of a government official’s SALN or inspecting it are not allowed.

A request for the copy of a government official’s SALN should be filed with the Office of the Ombudsman Central Records Division (CRD) for public officials required to submit their SALNs before the Ombudsman Central Office, or the concerned Case Records Evaluation, Monitoring and Enforcement Bureau (CREMEB) of the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon (OMB-Luzon), the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas (OMB-VIS), or the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Mindanao (OMB-MIN) for those required to submit their SALNs in these area offices.

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