Ombudsman wants jail time for critics of SALNs

TOUGH VS DISCLOSURE Ombudsman Samuel Martires (top screen at right) faces theHouse appropriations committee hearing on his agency’s 2022 budget on Thursday. —HOUSE SCREENGRAB

Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Thursday pushed for tough penalties, including jail time of five years, on anyone who would comment on the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) of government officials and employees, claiming that these public documents were being weaponized to destroy people’s reputations.

Martires made the remarks during a hearing on the proposed P3.967 billion 2022 budget for the Office of the Ombudsman after he was asked by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate when he would release President Duterte’s SALN.

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