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Can’t do sans SALN

  • Written by Peoples Journal
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Just how difficult is it to comply with a very basic requirement?

If you are currently employed in government or had worked for a public agency in the past, it is presumed that you have submitted your statement of assets and liabilities and network serially.

And like all other public documents, SALNs necessarily have duplicates or certified true copies which the government official must keep for his/her own personal record.

This is because SALNs, like income tax returns, are basic must-have public documents.

If you are aspiring for a lofty, your SALN must always be on hand and ready for submission to the appointing or vetting agency or authority.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) reminded aspirants for the Chief Justice post to submit copies of statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), if they have previously worked in government.

In an announcement posted Friday, SC Clerk of Court and JBC Ex Officio Secretary Edgar Aricheta said those “in the private sector, but were in government service within the past ten (10) years should also submit copies of all their Sworn, SALN for the said period.”

The failure of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to meet this 10-SALN requirement was among the grounds cited by the SC in granting the quo warranto petition against her.

The petition sought to void Sereno’s appointment as CJ in 2012 due to her failure to submit before the JBC her SALNs she was supposed to have filed during her tenure as law professor of the University of the Philippines (UP).

Last June 19, the High Court denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by Sereno, who is the first top magistrate to be removed from office through quo warranto proceedings.

The SC formally opened last June 26 the search for the post of CJ after it affirmed last June 19 its ruling to oust of Sereno. It set the deadline for nomination and application for July 26.

To qualify for a position in the judiciary, one has to be a natural-born citizen of the Philippines and should possess “proven competence, integrity, probity and independence”.

Those applying to the 15-member SC should also be at least 40 years old, a judge of a lower court or had been engaged in the practice of law in the country.

Applications may be made by the applicants themselves or through the recommendation of another person, association, or organization. Endorsements or recommendations have to be formally accepted by the person being recommended.

The SC also said that the five most senior Associate Justices of the SC are automatically nominated, subject to the submission of a written acceptance of nomination to be submitted on or before July 26.