Access sa SALN ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan, tiniyak na mas magiging madali dahil sa FOI bill

admin   •   November 26, 2014   •   3802

Akbayan Party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Tiniyak ng isa sa mga author ng Freedom of Information (FOI) bill na mas madali nang makita ng publiko ang Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) ng mga opisyal ng pamahaalan kung maisasabatas ang panukala.

“Isang malaking problema if the very Freedom of Information law continues to perpetuate the current limitations and restrictions, I’m sure alam naman natin kung gaano kahirap sa publiko at media na ma-access ang SALN ngayon.”

Ito ang pahayag ni BAYAN MUNA Rep. Neri Colmenares kaugnay ng ginawa niyang pag-withdraw bilang author ng Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.

Kinukuwestiyon ng mambabatas ang umano’y mahirap na proseso sa pagkuha ng kopya ng SALN ng mga opisyal ng gobyerno na nakapaloob sa FOI bill na ipinasa ng House Committee on Public Information nitong Lunes.

Sa petition paper ng Makabayan Bloc, nakasaad na pinahihina ng ipinasang FOI bill ang karapatan ng tao na makakuha ng impormasyon.

Paliwanag naman ni Akbayan Party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez na mas madali na ngayon ang access ng publiko sa SALN ng public officials dahil otomatiko na itong ia-upload sa lahat ng government websites.

Hindi gaya sa kasalukuyan na kailangan mo pang mag-request bago makakuha ng kopya.

“Andyan na yung supply hindi na kailangang humingi pwede mo buksan yung website ng kongreso makikita mo kung ano ang SALN ng iyong district o PL Rep. o SALN ng SC justice, punta ka sa website ng SC o presidente andun na,” ani Gutierrez.

Target ng mga FOI champions na masimulan na ang plenary discussion ng FOI bill sa first quarter ng 2015.

Kabilang sa mga probisyon ng kongreso ay ang pagkakaroon ng open data website kung saan naroon ang lahat ng impormasyon ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno na wala naman sa bersyon ng senado.

“Confident ako na this bill is not a water down version and not a toothless version but a strong version when enacted into law further ensure transparency in government,” saad pa ni Gutierrez.

Halos dalawang dekada nang inihahain ang Freedom of Information bill sa kongreso subalit hindi pa rin ito naisasabatas.

Umaasa ang mga FOI champion na sa pagkakataong ito ay makakasama na ang Pilipinas sa 90 bansa sa buong mundo na may batas ukol sa madaling access ng publiko tungkol sa mga public officials at mga proyekto ng gobyerno. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Robredo to make ‘important announcement’ on Oct. 7 – spox

Robie de Guzman   •   October 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo is expected to make an important announcement on Thursday, a day before the filing of candidacy for the 2022 national elections closes, her spokesperson said Tuesday.

“VP Leni will make an important announcement this Thursday, Oct 7, at 11 am. Please stay tuned,” Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez wrote on his Twitter account.

Gutierrez issued the statement a few hours after former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., announced his presidential bid in the 2022 elections.

Robredo defeated Marcos in the 2016 vice presidential race.

The opposition coalition 1Sambayan last week endorsed Robredo as its presidential candidate.

The group has expressed hope that Robredo will accept its nomination.

The period for the filing of candidacy will be from October 1 to 8.

Villar, Pacquiao among billionaire senators in 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Cynthia Villar remains the richest senator based on the 2020 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Based on the SALN released by the Senate of the Philippines, Villar has a net worth of P3.87 billion followed by boxing Senator Manny Pacquiao who has a net worth of P3.18 billion.

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima ranked the poorest among senators with a net worth of P9.54 million.

The release of SALNs has been a practice to inform the public of the assets of government officials for transparency.

Though recently, Malacañang has been arguing against it saying President Rodrigo Duterte may opt not to release his SALN and leave the matter to the Office of the Ombudsman.

List of richest, poorest senators based on 2020 SALN:

Cynthia Villa P3,875,696,435
Manny Pacquiao – P3,187,092,600
Ralph Recto – P581,071,657
Juan Miguel Zubiri – P220,736,702
Ramon Revilla – P179,958,909
Juan Edgardo Angara – P150,898,358
Franklin Drilon – P106,862,853
Grace Poe – P101,327,620
Sherwin Gatchalian – 91,213,596
Vicente Sotto III – P85,643,477
Pia Cayetano – P84,891,678
Richard Gordon – P77,569,572
Manuel Lapid – P74,948,572
Francis Tolentino – P59,582,000
Nancy Binay – P59,770,251
Panfilo Lacson – P58,330,268
Aquilino Pimentel III – P37,203,400
Imee Marcos – P36,270,467
Ronald Dela Rosa – P34,383,136
Joel Villanueva – P33,029,725
Francis Pangilinan – P23,941,333
Christopher Lawrence Go – P22,274,508
Risa Hontiveros – P16,720, 359
Leila De Lima – P9,544,111

DOTr orders department officials to submit SALN to anti-corruption task force

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — In accordance with the national government’s initiative to curb graft and corruption in all government departments, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has ordered its officials to submit their Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) to the anti-graft task force.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the department supports the government and has already ordered all the heads of agencies and other DOTr officials, including officials’ chief-of-staff, secretaries, executive assistants, to submit their SALN.

“Makikiisa kami d’yan sa mega task force. Nag-meeting na kami [at susundin namin ang requirement ng PACC (Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission) para sa ganoon, maipakita na kaisa kami dun sa pagwalis at pag-address ng corruption sa gobyerno (We will support the mega task force. We already had a meeting and agreed to comply with the requirement asked for by the PACC so we can show that we are cooperating with the government in addressing and eradicating corruption),” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) last October to probe graft and corruption in all government offices. AAC

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