Sumary of Business groups hit call to criminalize commentaries on public officials’ SALNs:
- ABS-CBN News MANILA – Criminalizing commentaries on the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of public officials will violate the Constitutional provision on freedom of speech, several business groups said on Wednesday.
- “The Ombudsman is part of that system and should be the first to insist on transparency.
- ” Ombudsman Samuel Martires earlier suggested imposing “stringent penalties” on anyone who makes a public comment on any SALN, which he said is not allowed under the law.
- Martires said those liable may be imprisoned for not less than 5 years.
- A framer of the 1987 Constitution slammed Martires, saying the Ombudsman “lost its purpose” as the anti-graft body was never meant to protect officials from public scrutiny.