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Sereno has lied, deceived, manipulated in her 6 years in the SC – de Castro

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Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro says ousted Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno deserved to be disqualified through a quo warranto petition for lying, bending the rules, exploiting all loopholes in the last eight years.

“The respondent’s appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, secured through her lies and deception in the entries

in her sworn PDS (personal data sheet) and regarding her non-compliance with the abovementioned SALN (statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth). requirement of the JBC (Judicial and Bar Council), is void ab initio, and for such reason, I vote to GRANT the Petition for Quo Warranto,” said de Castro in her concurring opinion to the Supreme Court’s 8-6 decision disqualifying Sereno.

De Castro said the evidence showed that Sereno did not submit her SALN for 2002 to 2006 to the JBC when she applied for the Chief Justice vacancy in 2012.

She said the evidence also showed that Sereno “deliberately deceived and misled” the JBC so that she would be included in the shortlist of candidates even though she did not comply with the requirements.

“From her applications for the vacant post of Supreme Court Associate Justice in 2010 and her subsequent application for the vacant post of Supreme Court Chief Justice in 2012, to her almost six-year stint as Supreme Court Chief Justice, respondent continuously demonstrated her proclivity to lie, mislead, bend the rules, and exploit the exemptions, in disregard of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory parameters; ethical conduct; and
collegial courtesy,” she said.

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