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Ombudsman Samuel Martires said lifestyle checks and declarations of wealth have been used by politicians and members of the media for extortion. | @NikkaINQ 

"He has his own motivations in issuing that Memorandum. But anyone can misread or misinterpret the law, so probably he misread the law. I am sorry to say that, Ombudsman Martires."

Ombudsman Samuel Martires defended his order to stop the conduct of lifestyle checks on public officials and restricting public access to their SALN as such are being used by politicians and media practitioners for extortion.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires said lifestyle checks and declarations of wealth have been used by politicians and members of the media for extortion.

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ICYMI: Ombudsman Samuel Martires stood firm on his controversial memorandum circular that restricted public access to SALNs, saying they have been weaponized.

The decision of Ombudsman Samuel Martires to limit public access to government officials’ financial statements conflicts with the constitutional principle of accountability and transparency for public officials, his predecessor said.

Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says Martires' circular "does not carry out the spirit of the law which means that public office is a public trust." #RapplerIQ 

Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says Martires' circular "does not carry out the spirit of the law which means that public office is a public trust." #RapplerIQ 

The decision of Ombudsman Samuel Martires to limit public access to government officials’ financial statements conflicts with the constitutional principle of accountability and transparency for public officials, his predecessor said. | @NikkaINQ 

Ombudsman Martires' policies on SALNs, lifestyle checks made graft easy, De Lima says

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Ex-Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says no to the statement of current Ombudsman Samuel Martires. “To abolish the office will open floodgates to the commission of more corrupt activities. Allegedly, his policy is to dismiss complaints,” Morales said. | via @adrianayalin 

The use of lifestyle checks on public officials is a "potent weapon" to eradicate corruption in government, DLSU College of Law Dean Chel Diokno said, claiming that Ombudsman Samuel Martires is the first head of the anti-corruption body to abandon the investigation strategy.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires has has ordered an investigation into the alleged irregularities and anomalies committed by DOH execs, including Health Sec. Duque. The probe is a motu proprio investigation, or done on the initiative of the Office of the Ombudsman | @PDMChiuINQ 

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JUST IN: Ombudsman Samuel Martires creates a fact-finding panel to look into possible misuse of funds in SEA Games. Martires confirms PHISGOC, Speaker Cayetano included in probe. | via @liannami 

Lawyers representing victims of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs scored another legal victory as Ombudsman Samuel Martires ordered the filing of murder charges against a cop for the killing of 23-year-old epileptic Djastin Lopez. READ MORE:

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JUST IN: New win vs Oplan TokHang, and the first from the Office of the Ombudsman: Ombudsman Sam Martires orders the filing of murder charges against Manila cop Gerry Geñalope for the killing of 23-year-old epileptic Djastin Lopez in May 2017.

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Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba requests Ombudsman Samuel Martires to move for the cancellation of bail granted by the Supreme Court to former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile who is running in the 2019 midterm elections. | via

JUST IN: Pres. Duterte appoints Justice Samuel Martires as new Ombudsman | via @dgplacido 

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