THE PCIJ REPORT (also published in GMA News Online) on not finding the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez is commendable. It’s comforting to know some journalists are indeed pursuing truth in issues that matter more.
Just come to think of it: amid the hubbub over the controversial ombudsman, why didn’t anyone ask for basic facts such as the net worth of the country’s supposed graft-fighters?
The ombudsman’s obscurity, as clearly reported on by PCIJ, ironically adds more light to the controversy in which the ombudsman finds herself.
The report also highlights the need for easier access to relevant information regarding public officials. The paper trail which PCIJ is treading is shamefully long and zigzagging, thanks to an apparently inefficient (or secretive) bureaucracy.