Sereno recovers 9 'missing' SALNs, says lawyer


Posted at Apr 12 2018 10:58 AM | Updated as of Apr 12 2018 03:54 PM

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MANILA - (UPDATE/CORRECTED) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has recovered 9 of her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), one of her lawyers said Thursday. 

Lawyer Josalee Deinla said these SALNs were from the embattled Chief Justice's stint as a professor at the University of the Philippines from 1986 to 2006. 

"SALNs filed in 1985, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 were recently recovered," Deinla said in a text message, correcting the figures she bared on ANC earlier. 

"Plus the 1998 found with the Ombudsman and 2002 with UP. Total of 11," the lawyer added, insisting that Chief Justice filed her SALNs in all her years in public service. 

Deinla said when Sereno was applying for Chief Justice, she submitted her SALNs in the years 2009, 2010, 2011 when she was an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

"In the years immediately preceding 2009, she has no SALN because she was no longer a public officer," she explained.

Last Tuesday, Sereno faced her colleagues at the Supreme Court in fiery oral debates on the quo warranto petition seeking to nullify the Chief Justice appointment.

Solicitor General Jose Calida filed the petition, saying Sereno failed to meet the requirements when she applied for the position when she did not submit some of her SALNs.

Deinla explained that Sereno did not hold any physical copy of the SALNs. Even the UP, where Sereno taught law for 20 years, could not find the copies of the important documents from over a decade ago. 

"Under the law, no one is bound to keep records of these documents for more than 10 years. Especially not those people tasked as repositories of these documents—the filers," she said.

Deinla added that Sereno is still recovering some of the documents. She said their camp is ready to present all their evidence in the proper forum.