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Calida asked to disclose SALN, answer conflict of interest charge

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A private individual on Friday dared Solicitor General Jose Calida to publicly disclose his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) to prove his integrity.

In a letter, Jocelyn Marie Acosta made this demand to Calida who filed the quo warranto petition against ousted chief justice Ma. Loudes Sereno.

“Being the architect of the Quo Warranto petition you now have the burden of showing to the People that you have more integrity than the Chief Justice,” Acosta’s letter read.

“This request is being made pursuant to the Freedom of Information (FOI) People’s Manual which you signed as the Solicitor General of the Republic,” she stressed.

Acosta demanded that the Solicitor General disclose his SALNs for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.

She said that based on the September 29, 2016 general information sheet of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Calida owns 60 percent in stock of the Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, Inc. (VISAI), while, the rest is owned by members of his family.

Also, she learned that VISAI is the security agency of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the National Anti-Poverty Commission, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the National Parks Development Corporation.

“Your ownership of VISAI shows a clear conflict of interest,” Acosta told Calida.

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