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SALN issue raised vs SC’s De Castro

  • Written by Hector Lawas
  • Published in Top Stories
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A PRIVATE citizen asked the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to initiate  quo warranto proceedings this time against Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro also for failing to submit her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Jocelyn Marie Acosta, a private citizen, sent a four-page letter to Solicitor General Jose Calida seeking a quo warranto case against Justice De Castro.

“As a citizen of this country and a taxpayer, I humbly request that the Solicitor General urgently initiate quo warranto proceedings against Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro for lacking integrity as a member of the Supreme Court,” said Acosta.

De Castro was also a candidate for Chief Justice, but it was current Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes  Sereno who got the post.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) required all applicants for the Chief Justice post from government to submit all their previous SALNs until Dec. 31, 2011.
    
JBC records showed that De Castro only submitted her SALNs for 15 years when in fact she has been in government service since 1973 and should have submitted 39 SALNs.
    
She has been working in government for 40 years, starting in February 1973 as law clerk at the Office of the Clerk of Court.
    
“Justice De Castro appears to have perjured herself before the House of Justice Committee when she openly accused the Chief Justice for not complying with the JBC’s SALN requirement, all the while knowing that the SALN rule was waived by the JBC, from which Justice De Castro herself benefited,” read the four-page letter.
    
De Castro was among those who appeared before the congressional hearing and volunteered that Sereno’s apparent non-submission of all her SALNs means she should not have been considered for the Chief Justice post.