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‘BBM against partisan SALN misuse’

Rodriguez reiterated that Marcos believes the SALN of a government official may be released if there is a ‘serious allegation’ of wrongdoing and a ‘serious complainant’ before the proper forum

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Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has no problem publicizing his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) as he’s “all for freedom of information,” his lawyer and spokesperson Vic Rodriguez asserted Tuesday.

In an interview with Daily Tribune’s Straight Talk, Rodriguez said the former senator was generally against publicizing his SALN only if it’s going to be used to serve a political agenda.

“His answer was clear. For him, if it is going to be used for politics, he will not allow the release of his SALN. That’s the only exception, but he is in favor of the SALN law and the freedom of information,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez emphasized that what BBM (Bongbong Marcos) expressed reservations about in an interview last 24 January was that the SALN had been used in the past by political partisans in persecuting rivals.

In that interview, BBM cited the case of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona who was impeached out of the Supreme Court for allegedly “betraying public trust” in a politically charged trial at the Senate.

Rodriguez reiterated that Marcos believes the SALN of a government official may be released if there is a “serious allegation” of wrongdoing and a “serious complainant” before the proper forum.

“Let the appropriate bodies investigate it. They have the power to issue subpoenas. If a subpoena will not work, then file a case. Once the court issues a subpoena, it can no longer be denied, whether that be an impeachment court or irregular court,” Rodriguez said.

“That is the full context of the statement of presidential aspirant BBM as regards this SALN thing,” the lawyer said.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires has restricted public access to the SALN of government officials on the ground that their release had been used in baseless harassment cases or to fuel demolition jobs through media.

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