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Calida: Sereno didn’t bother of file SALNs as UP prof

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Solicitor General Jose Calida on Monday reiterated that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, when she was a law professor at the University of the Philippines.

“In her 20 years as a UP law professor, Sereno failed to file her SALN 11 times,” Calida said in a statement.

“If Sereno indeed filed her SALNs, why can’t she just produce them?” Calida asked.

Sereno earlier claimed that Calida’s confirmation that he obtained the SALNs himself proved that she indeed filed her SALNs, contrary to the latter’s claim in his quo warranto petition.

According to Sereno, this pronouncement by Solicitor General was an admission that the quo warranto petition was baseless.

Lawyer Josalee Deinla, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, added that at least 11 of the 21 missing SALNs have been found by the Chief Justice prior to Solicitor General Jose Calida’s submission of the top magistrate’s SALNs to the Supreme Court on March 27, 2018.

Deinla said the fact that Calida himself confirmed that he had obtained the SALNs himself proved that the Chief Justice had indeed filed her UP SALNs contrary to solicitor general’s claim in his petition.

“SolGen Calida’s quo warranto petition was based on his claim that since CJ Sereno did not file UP SALNs and that she failed to meet the constitutional requirement of proven integrity when she failed to submit her UP SALNs to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC),” Deinla said in a statement.

Deinla cited Paragraph 23 of the petition where Calida “categorically and without qualification” stated that the Chief Justice “only filed SALNs for the years 1998, 2002 and 2006 during her tenure as law professor at the UP College of Law from 1986 up to 2006.

In its quo warranto petition, the OSG alleged, among others, that Sereno failed to file her SALN 11 times in her 209 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.

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