Malacañang ensures no redactions of pertinent information on SALN of Cabinet officials

admin   •   September 27, 2017   •   5732


MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang did not deny that its records office made redactions or placed black markings on some of the information stated in the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth (SALN) of the Cabinet members of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) questioned the matter recently.

PCIJ said it was an intensive redaction of pertinent information on the SALN submitted by the former and present Cabinet members as of December 31, 2016.

According to PCIJ report, from the 29 SALNs it investigated, 167 information was redacted, 28 SALNs gave concealed personal properties, 24 have redactions on the exact location of properties, while 23 SALNs did not show the cost of real properties.

Malacañang promised it will not redact pertinent information on the SALN aside from sensitive and personal information.

“And we learned also that four out of the six SALN repository agencies do redact the names of the unmarried minor children and the home address, then those will be redacted upon the acquisition cost and the total net worth, the total assets, and the total liabilities will be disclosed,” said Presidential Communications Office Asec. Kris Ablan.

The National Privacy Commission pointed out that it is the right of the public to know the cost of the properties of public officials in accordance with transparency and important information must not conceal.

“The SALN law, for instance, what are the required fields? Real property, assets, liabilities, and net worth. Even if you look at these through the data privacy act, these are not sensitive personal information, therefore there is no restriction, hindrance, there’s no need to redact this information because they are information that is covered by the law,” said National Privacy Commission Deputy Commissioner Ivy Patdu.

The Palace has mentioned before that it has made redactions to protect the right to privacy of the government officials. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

NPC reminds public to properly dispose shipping labels

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is reminding the public to properly dispose shipping labels from their online purchases to prevent incidents of identity theft.

“Shipping labels contain details such as name, address, and contact number. If not disposed properly, pwedeng mapunta sa o magamit ng ibang tao ang data mo (your data might fall into the wrong hands or used by other people),” the NPC said.

Madalas, sa sobrang excitement sa pagdating ng mga pinamili natin online, hindi na natin pinapansin ‘yung pinagbalutan….

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The NPC said individuals may cover the details using permanent markers before disposing or shredding it. It can also be recycled to ensure data is protected from malicious individuals. AAC

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

Roque to ask Duterte if he wants to release his SALN

Marje Pelayo   •   October 30, 2020

 MANILA, Philippines — Members of the opposition have questioned Malacañang anew why it cannot release to the public the details of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement of assets, liabilities and network (SALN) following the release of the senators’ SALN.

To end further speculations on the issue, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he will discuss the matter with the President and ask him if he wants his SALN to be made public.

“Mag-uusap po kami ng ating presidente. Para matapos na po itong issue na ito ay tatanungin ko po baka naman po magbigay ng permiso ang presidente para isapubliko ang kaniyang SALN, [I will talk to the President. To end this issue, I will ask him if he would permit making his SALN public],” Roque said.

“Pero wala pong itinatago ang ating presidente. Bago po maglabas ng ganitong guidelines ang Ombdusman, taon-taon naman po inilalabas ng presidente ang kaniyang SALN, [But the president is not hiding anything. Before the Ombudsman released its guidelines, the President had been releasing his SALN to the public],” he added.

In a report released by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), the last time President Duterte’s SALN was made public was in 2016 and 2017 but it was no longer available in 2018 and 2019.

Malacañang insists that the Chief Executive is only following the guidelines issued by the Office of the Ombudsman over his SALN.

“Tatanungin po natin iyan sa Presidente. Kasi ang kaniyang posisyon bilang isang abogado, sundin namin ang guidelines ng Ombudsman [We will ask the President because his position as a lawyer is to follow the guidelines of the Ombudsman],” Roque said. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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