`Malacañang Gives Message for those Who Want Copy of Pres. Duterte’s SALN
Malacañang spoke on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) after Vice Pres. Leni Robredo’s challenge.
In the Philippines, government officials submit a copy of their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth every year. More commonly called SALN, it must contain all the assets and liabilities of an official including his or her businesses and financial interests. It determines the current wealth of a government official.
Undeniably, the SALN is the document that can show how high did the wealth of a politician rose or how low it dropped in a 1-year span. Recently, Vice Pres. Leni Robredo challenged Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte to show his SALN.
Malacañang spoke on the SALN of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte. According to a report on ABS-CBN News, the Palace stressed that the Chief Executive complied with his constitutional duty to file his SALN and it leaves the decision over its release to the Office of the Ombudsman.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque expressed that the Office of the President “has been clear and consistent” on letting the Ombudsman, an independent body, decide over Pres. Duterte’s SALN’s public posting. Based on the report, the presidential spokesman further said that those who are interested to have a copy of the President’s SALN may pen a formal letter to the Ombudsman’s office.
As for Vice Pres. Robredo, Pres. Duterte showing his SALN to the public is a boost on his campaign against corruption instead of his plan to audit the “whole government” if he wins as the vice president in the next election.
The 76-year-old President recently announced that he will run for the second-highest government post in the next election. Initially, he spoke about his plan to retire from politics but his party mates in PDP-Laban asked him to reconsider his decision.
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