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Ombudsman Stops Lifestyle Check On Gov’t Officials Due Because It’s Not Logical

OMBDUSMAN STOPS LIFESTYLE CHECK – A week after announcing a limit to those who can request a public official’s SALN, the Ombudsman announced another controversial mandate.

Samuel Martires revealed on Tuesday that he put a stop to the conduct of lifestyle checks on public officials. Lifestyle checks were implemented to ensure that public officials were not spending past their budget.

Under RA 6173 the law states ““public officials and employees and their families shall lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income”. Furthermore, these officials should “not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form”.

Ombudsman Stops Lifestyle Check On Public Officials
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However, according to Martires, this law has become illogical. In fact, an article from Inquirer reported that the Ombudsman was supposed to propose to Congress the amendment of the Republic Act 6713 earlier. But, it was delayed due to the pandemic.

As per the article, Martires stated:

Naabutan lang kami ng pandemic na ito but I was about to propose to Congress to amend RA 6713 because there are really provisions there na kung hindi malabo, parang walang hulog sa logic

Moreover, the Ombudsman asserted that the income of public officials does not offer an accurate representation on their lifestyles. He explained there were many officials who love designer products such as Luis Vuitton. Additionally, he said “ano ang pakialam natin sa buhay ng may buhay kung hindi naman siya nagnanakaw?”.

Ano ang pakialam natin sa buhay ng may buhay kung wala sya inaagrabyado, kung siya ay nangungutang lang para masunod yung layaw niya“, the Ombudsman added.

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  • Mel Zaychuck October 6, 2020, 12:46 am

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