MANILA, Philippines - One of the first official acts of newly appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is to authorize the unconditional disclosure of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) to the public.
Sereno informed the other 13 justices of her decision for full disclosure of her SALNs during today's en banc session which she presided for the first time as chief magistrate.
Her move will no longer entail compliance of a June 13 resolution issued by the high court on the manner by which SALNs of justices and judges may be released to the public.
The resolution identifies the guidelines requesting parties should comply with for the release of the SALNs. The high court says this will ensure that “requests for SALNs must be made under circumstances that must not endanger, diminish or destroy the independence, and objectivity of the members of the Judiciary in the performance of their judicial functions or expose them to revenge for adverse decisions, kidnapping, extortion, blackmail or other untoward incidents.”
Sereno's decision covers all her SALNs since she was appointed to the high court in 2010.
Early this year, Sereno, together with Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, released to the public a summary of their SALNs.
Sereno's predecessor, former Chief Justice Renato Corona, was convicted by the Senate Impeachment Court for non-disclosure of all his assets in his SALNs in spite of his insistence that it is not an impeachable offense.