MANILA, Philippines — If President Duterte was serious about stamping out corruption, he should set an example by releasing his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) and heeding the Commission on Audit’s (COA) recommendations on cleaning house along with other government officials, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday.”There are so many other ways to show you are anticorruption,” Robredo said in her weekly radio show.”The SALN is just one of the many ways through which you can prove that you are truly transparent and show you are not corrupt.” In September last year, the Office of the Ombudsman had issued a memorandum circular saying it would no longer grant public access to SALNs without the concerned officials’ consent.The President’s last publicly accessible SALN was in 2017, in which he declared a net worth of P28.5 million.In December 2019, then presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said there was no need to release the 2018 SALN of Mr.Duterte for public scrutiny.Panelo said the nonrelease of the President’s SALN did not prove that the President was not committed to transparency.
“Such accusation is baseless if not malicious,” he said.
Robredo came to the defense of the beleaguered state auditors, whose annual audit reports revealed billions in misused government funds across almost all corners of Mr.Duterte’s bureaucracy.’I’ll audit everything’ The reports have riled Mr.Duterte, who now believes the agency was out to smear his government.Later, he said he would personally audit all government agencies, including the COA itself, if he ever becomes vice president—a post that has no auditing powers.”Somebody should do it,” Mr.Duterte said during his televised address on Thursday.”I will do that if I become vice president.
I will also be the one to audit everything in government.All, including mine.I can start with mine.” On Sunday, the Vice President herself reminded Mr.Duterte that that power rests solely in the COA, one of the three constitutional bodies formed under the Constitution.”The mandate of the vice president is mere succession,” reminded Robredo, also a lawyer.”We’re just a little more creative with our office, which is why we have antipoverty and COVID-19 programs, but auditing powers rest solely within [the COA].It cannot be usurped by other branches of government.” Unfulfilled promises She also reminded the President that his office, in fact, plays the most crucial role in reducing corruption across the government.Mr.
Duterte had in fact run on this promise to eradicate corruption in the government within “three to six months.” However, a recent Ateneo School of Governance study assessing his track record in his past five years showed he did not fare well in this promise, because of his penchant to reappoint and defend controversial appointees like Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.She added that respecting and observing COA rules—rather than eschewing and shrugging off their reports—also “proves whether we are aboveboard.” INQ – [Nintendo Switch TWO: Big News, Nintendo’s new Switch console may be released in 2019!] – [Northampton singer to release debut single after beating the odds to win his mental health battle] – [When is They Shall Not Grow Old released in the UK, how did Peter Jackson make the WW1 movie and will it air on BBC One?] – [Spanish Ministry of Defense to release secret documents on Civil War and Franco dictatorship] – [The Last Amateurs book extract: The day Ulster’s heroics against Europe’s best set up thrilling final] – [Press release – Deal on voluntary EU help scheme for growth-enhancing reforms – Committee on Regional Development] – [Cyberpunk 2077 Release Date and Gameplay News UPDATE] – [PS5 Release Date NEWS: Sony PlayStation updates and latest developer gameplay comments] – [PS5 Release Date News: BIG Sony PlayStation PSN update and latest dev gameplay comments] – [PS5 Games UPDATE: Release Date news suggest Avengers PS4 game could come to PlayStation 5] – [Revealed: iOS 12 features, release date and availability] – [Battlefield 5 Beta End Date: When does open beta end on PS4, Xbox? When is BF5 released?] – [Red Dead Redemption 2: HUGE news for PS4,Xbox fans before Rockstar’s next big release date] – [Battlefield 5 Open Beta: When is the release date and start time for PS4, Xbox, PC] – [Battlefield 5 Open Beta COUNTDOWN: When is the release date, start time for PS4, Xbox, PC] – [Money released for ‘UK sat-nav’ study] – [iOS 12 release: The best features of Apple’s new software] – [Android P release date, features and everything you need to know] – [Devil May Cry 5: Nero, Dante, new characters, 18+ rating and 2019 release date news reveal] – [Anthem: Release date, Game trailer, Bioware 2018 news for PS4, Xbox, PC Destiny rival] Robredo to Duterte: Set example, release SALN have 780 words, post on [newsinfo.inquirer.net] at August 30, 2021.This is cached page on Business News.If you want remove this page, [please contact us] ..