Business groups hit call to criminalize commentaries on public officials’ SALNs

business groups hit call to criminalize commentaries on public officials salns

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.

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