Gov’t officials not obligated to submit SALN to anti-corruption task force —Sec. Guevarra
Aileen Cerrudo • November 23, 2020 • 435
MANILA, Philippines — Government officials are not obligated to submit their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) to the anti-corruption task force led by the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to Secretary Menardo Guevarra.
In a statement, Guevarra clarified that a SALN will only be required if a government official is included in the task force’s investigation.
The DOJ official made the statement after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced its officials and other staff will submit their SALNs to the DOJ.
“We are not requiring other agencies to submit the SALNs of their officials and employees to the TFAC […] the submission by the DOTr of the SALNs of its officials and employees to the task force is purely the DOTr’s initiative,” he said.
Based on the DOJ report, the DOTr is included in the list of government agencies that is allegedly involved in corruption.
Other agencies include the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Department of Health (DOH), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
The Anti-Corruption Task Force is currently evaluating reports filed regarding corruption complaints in various government offices. — AAC (from the report of Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has completed the guidelines in arresting violators of health and safety protocols.
In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the department is ready to present the guidelines to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). He added that they will be coordinating with the DILG in a few days.
“The guidelines will not add anything to the substantive aspect. Only as to the procedure on arrest and detention until the filing of charges, if warranted,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has previously ordered the DOJ to draft guidelines to avoid any complications concerning the arrest.
This will also prevent overcrowding in detention centers. Health and safety protocols will still be followed to avert the spread of the virus in detention centers.
“Fully aware of the complications that may arise from effecting arrests of persons not wearing face masks were required (such as the problem of congested jails or detention centers),” he added. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice – Office of Cybercrime (DOJ- OOC) has confirmed that social media giant Facebook has already taken down the page that was linked to the malicious tagging spreading online.
In the past few days, netizens are getting notifications about getting tagged to what seems to be an adult video. Upon clicking the link, it will then ask the user to install an update to watch the video in full which will prompt to automatically tag random Facebook users to the same post.
In a statement on Wednesday (April 21), the DOJ-OOC said it has raised the issue to Facebook APAC Legal Law Enforcement Outreach and received a report that the page has been removed. The administrators of the said page have also been sanctioned.
“As of this morning, 11AM of 21, April 2021, the DOJ-OOC received confirmation from Facebook APAC Legal Law Enforcement Outreach that the page associated to the malicious tagging has been removed and its administrators were sanctioned,” according to the statement.
The DOJ-OOC also encouraged the public to immediately report similar incident for immediate action. AAC
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reiterated that law enforcement agents should not interfere with anyone doing good deeds which include setting up community pantries.
In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said a law enforcer should also not question individuals involved in community pantries unless they are violating laws.
“Suffice it to say that a person voluntarily doing an act of kindness and compassion toward his neighbor should be left alone,” he said.
“It is not proper for law enforcement agents to interrogate him unless there is reason to believe that he is violating any law, ordinance, rule, or regulation for the good or welfare of the community,” he added.
However, Guevarra refused to comment if police authorities violated the privacy act in gathering information about the organizers of community pantries. He also clarified that organizers are not required to fill out forms.
“Organizers of community pantries have no legal duty or are under any compulsion to fill out any forms, as these are not considered business, much less illegal activities,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)
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