Sereno failed to comply with SALN requirement: 2 SC justices
MANILA — Two magistrates of the Supreme Courtroom (SC) stated on Monday that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s software for the highest judiciary put up in 2012 ought to have been rejected when she failed to submit her statements of property, liabilities and internet price (SALN).
Through the impeachment listening to of the Home justice committee in opposition to Sereno, Affiliate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro stated the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) dedicated “grave injustice” to the candidates for chief justice when Sereno was included within the nominees regardless of failing to comply with the SALN submission.
De Castro stated the JBC introduced in newspapers that candidates “with incomplete, out-of-date documentary requirements” won’t be thought-about.
“There was a grave injustice done to the applicants because of what they did to Sereno at that time,” De Castro stated.
De Castro stated the JBC “became very strict” when former chief justice Renato Corona was impeached on the bottom that he failed to embody his greenback deposits in his SALN.
In accordance to De Castro, the JBC required candidates for chief justice to submit their SALNs for a ten-year interval collectively with a waiver of secrecy of their financial institution information.
“The submission of the SALN is very important. Why is it the JBC allowed the inclusion of then associate justice Sereno in the applicants to be interviewed?” De Castro stated.
“She should have been excluded in the interview but she was interviewed,” she added.
De Castro stated Sereno despatched a letter to the JBC stating that she can’t submit any of her SALNs when she was a professor on the College of the Philippines (UP).
“There is not even a single attempt to comply,” De Castro stated.
Over the course of the impeachment proceedings, it was found that Sereno solely filed SALNs for the years 1998, 2002, and 2006 throughout her tenure as legislation professor on the UP Faculty of Legislation from 1986 up to 2006. Sereno failed to submit her SALNs 17 occasions.
Affiliate Justice Diosdado Peralta echoed De Castro’s sentiments, saying the appliance of Sereno “should have been denied.”
Peralta recalled JBC rejected his spouse’s nomination as presiding justice simply because her Nationwide Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance was not validated.
“If the requirements are not complete then the application should not have been admitted or accepted,” Peralta stated.
JBC Govt Officer Annaliza Capacite, for her half, stated that “an attempt to comply” on the SALN requirement is already a adequate parameter. She stated Sereno submitted three SALNs throughout her software in 2012. (Filane Mikee Cervantes/PNA)
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