Palace: Ask Ombudsman for a copy of Duterte's SALN

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 31) — Malacañang on Monday said the release of President Rodrigo Duterte's Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) is up to the Office of the Ombudsman.

This comes after Vice President Leni Robredo called on the chief executive to publicize his net worth to prove he is serious about fighting corruption.

"The stance of the Office of the President has been clear and consistent," Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. "We leave it to the Office of the Ombudsman, an independent constitutional body, to release to the public President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN)."

Roque also noted that Duterte has complied with his duty to file his SALN.

"Interested parties may therefore wish to write a formal communication to the Office of the Ombudsman, which has copies of SALNs of all public officials, asking for a copy of the said document," the spokesman added.

Robredo on Sunday said it would be better for Duterte to release his SALN to show his commitment to end corruption in government instead of saying he will audit all agencies if he becomes vice president.

The president last released publicly his SALN in 2017, while the vice president has been consistently releasing her SALN annually since 2016.

In September 2020, the Ombudsman issued new restrictions on the public's access to the SALNs of public officers, which include a consent from the SALN's owner before the request is processed.

With this new policy, even the SALNs of Duterte from the past years cannot be disclosed.