Sep 15, 2020 @ 14:55

SC denies requests of Gadon, OSG to release Justice Leonen’s SALN

Supreme Court Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka on Tuesday confirmed that the high court en banc denied requests seeking the full public disclosure of Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

“I ould like to confirm that the Supreme Court in today’s En Banc session unanimously resolved to deny the requests of the Office of the Solicitor General and Atty. Lorenzo G. Gadon for copies of the SALN of and other information pertaining to SC Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen for purposes of preparing a Quo Warranto petition,” Hosaka, the concurrent spokesperson, said.

In a letter to en banc Clerk of Court Edgardo Aricheta, dated September 9, Gadon asked the court for certified copies of Leonen’s SALN for the years 1990 to 2011.

“This is to respectfully request for certified copies of the SALNs of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen for the years 1990 to 2011, the SALNs required to be submitted upon his application to the Supreme Court, and a certification from your good office on the lacking years if any,” said Gadon in his letter-request.

Republic Act (RA) No. 6713 of 1989 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees requires all state officials and employees to file their yearly SALNs.

Manila Times columnist Rigoberto “Bobi” D. Tiglao had alleged in his column that Leonen had failed to submit his SALN for 15 years.

In his column, Tiglao also alleged Leonen “failed to file his SALN for 15 years from the time he joined the University of the Philippines (UP) faculty from 1989 to 2003 and for the years 2008 to 2009.”

Gadon said that his request was not new, explaining there was a precedent when his similar letter asking for the SALNs of ousted chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno was granted by the SC on August 15, 2017.

Later, Gadon said he used the documents in filing the impeachment complaint against Sereno on August 31, 2017.#

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