As expected, Vice President Leni Robredo questioned the Ombudsman’s order regarding the issue on SALN via mainstream media.
Robredo: What was the message the Office of the Ombudsman wants to convey if they remove SALN as mandatory for public officials? What message do you want to tell the people, that corruption is not a priority of the government?
In Tagalog: Kapag inalis mo ‘yung SALN, ano ang mensahe ‘yung binibigay mo? Anong mensahe mo sa tao, na ang korapsyon hindi priority ng pamahalaan?
Was Leni Robredo correct?
“NO” says Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles of the FB page Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan.
In a Facebook post, Atty. Trixie remarked that perhaps the Vice President overlooked the information that the Ombudsman only require consent from the SALN owner before it is released. She said Robredo can ask for a copy from the agency of the owner of the SALN.
‘Naku Madame. Mali ka na naman. Palibhasa di nyo siguro inalam na sa OMB (Ombudsman) nirerequire lang nila consent ng may ari ng SALN bago i-release. Pwede naman kayo kumuha rin ng kopya sa ahensya ng may ari nun.’
At this point, Atty. Trixie continued playing the role of the villain by telling Robredo she was taking shortcuts, rather than doing the leg work, doing research with regards to the Ombudsman’s order on SALN before opening her mouth. Why? Because the truth is, SALN is retained as a requirement. What is not required is for the Ombudsman to act as the releasing agency. [Manila Standard]
Nag short cut na naman kayo, eh hindi naman tinatanggal ang SALN at required yan. Ang di required ay yung OMB ang mag release.
Atty. Trixie ended the brief FB post by leaving Robredo with a word of advice.
‘Hinayhinay sa propaganda po. Halata masyado.’