SC approves journos' request for copies of justices' 2017 SALNs


Posted at Mar 21 2019 07:52 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court has approved the request of some journalists for copies of justices' 2017 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) in summary form.

In two resolutions dated Jan. 15 and 22 but made public only Thursday, the high court approved the request of two reporters for copies of the justices' SALNs for 2017 subject to the payment of fees.

The SC, however, denied the request of Akbayan Party-list Rep. Tom Villarin for the copies of SALNs, personal data sheet, and curriculum vitae of all incumbent justices of the high court.

It said the SALNs and a brief biodata of the justices are available on the Supreme Court's website.

The high court also denied three separate requests of Movement Against Tyranny for the copies of SALNs of the following:

  • Incumbent SC justices from the time they assume office as SC Associate Justices and every year after, including their latest SALNs for 2018
  • Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin for 2002 to 2009 and Associate Justice Andes Reyes Jr. for 1999 to 2017, including their entry and exit SALNs in the Court of Appeals
  • Former Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro for 1995 to 2007, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta from 2002 to 2009, Justice Samuel Martires from 2005 to 2016 and Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo from 2005 to 2017, including their entry and exit SALNs in the Sandiganbayan

The SC advised that the group may access the summary report of the justices' filed SALNs from 2014 to 2017 on its official website.

The high court, meanwhile, noted the request for letters of explanation of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta regarding their alleged undisclosed assets sent to the Judicial and Bar Council during their nomination for the chief magistrate post in August 2018.

Last year, the high court ousted then chief magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno over her failure to submit SALNs. Her predecessor, the late Renato Corona, was also removed for failure to fully disclose his wealth.