MARTIRES STOPS LIFESTYLE CHECKS ON PUBLIC OFFICIALS
Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Tuesday said he has stopped the conduct of lifestyle checks on public officials, saying failure in such does not prove that an official is corrupt.
Speaking before lawmakers during a budget hearing at the House of Representatives, Martires also said the law that covers lifestyle check on public officials should be amended for being “illogical.”
“Nung umupo ako, pinatigil ko muna ang lifestyle check kasi matagal na ako may duda sa probisyon ng batas tungkol sa lifestyle check. Gusto ko i-propose sa Congress ng amendments sa 6713 kasi yung provisions there, malabo, walang hulog sa logic,” Martires said.
Republic Act 6713 is the law on Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public officials, which provides that “public officials and employees and their families shall lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income” and that “they should not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.”