RESTRICTION OF PUBLIC ACCESS TO SALNS UNCONSTITUTIONAL-FORMER SENATOR
Former Senator Joey Lina said the Office of the Ombudsman’s limitation of public access to government officials’ Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) is unconstitutional and violative of the law.
The Constitution, Republic Act 6713, or A Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and the law’s implementing rules are “very clear” that SALNs shall be available to the public, according to the law’s author former senator Joey Lina.
“I believe so. The Constitution very clearly states that the public officials and employees are mandated to file under oath their SALNs and the manner of disclosure shall be provided by law and we have the RA 6713,” Lina said.
He explained that the only exception is the SALNs of public officials and employees cannot be used for commercial purposes.
He added that the Ombudsman order can be questioned before the courts.