Senate SALN out, Palace sticks with Ombudsman ruling

    The Senate published the State of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of its members on Monday.
    However, only the summary was released to protect “personal and privileged information.”

    MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte will not release his SALN out of “respect” for the Office of the Ombudsman.

    The Palace was referring to a memorandum by the ombudsman that requires notarized authorization from SALN filers before they are released.

    While the President has not released reports on his SALN since 2017, the Senate has continued its practice of publishing table summaries of senators’ wealth declarations.

    The policy was put in place through Senate Policy Order 2019-001, which was meant to “restrict the dissemination of personal and privileged information” under the Data Privacy Act. This made obtaining full copies of senators’ SALNs more challenging.

    The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism formally requested for senators’ full wealth declarations on 24 May 2021. The request remained pending as of 6 July. (HMP/The MiNT)

    Featured image: Members of the Philippine Senate in an official photo before the opening of the 17th Plenary Session on 20 September. Not on photo, Senators Leila de Lima and Emmanuel Pacquiao. /Credit: @senateph


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