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Solicitor General Jose Calida Chief Justice on-leave Ma. Lourdes Sereno

Stop deceiving people! Calida tells Sereno to release all SALNs

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This was the advised by Solicitor General Jose C. Calida to Chief Justice on-leave Ma. Lourdes Sereno following the magistrate’s claim that she had already retrieved most of her missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, which she had filed as law professor at the University of the Philippines, even before Calida’s submission of the her SALNs to the Supreme Court on March 27, 2018.

“In her twenty years as a UP law professor, Sereno failed to file her SALN eleven times,” Calida said. “If Sereno indeed filed her SALNs, why can’t she just produce them?”

In its quo warranto petition, the OSG alleged, among others, that Sereno failed to file her SALN eleven times in her twenty years as a law professor.

According to Calida, there is no independent evidence showing that Sereno filed her SALNs for the years 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006,” Calida added.

“This is another one of Sereno’s futile attempts to veer away from the truth,” Calida said. “As certified by the UP HRDO, Sereno selectively filed her SALNs for the years 1985, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2002. This certification, along with copies of the aforementioned SALNs, were submitted by the OSG to the Supreme Court in its Reply last 27 March 2018.”

“Moreover, Sereno supposed “retrieval” of nine more of her SALNs is irrelevant. Except for the 1989 SALN, and assuming it is not a fabrication, these SALNs are the ones OSG already submitted to the Supreme Court, Calida opined. “Bottom line is: Sereno still lacks at least 10 more SALNs.”

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