THE Supreme Court has granted the plea of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) to release the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno and 14 associate justices of the court.
According to a well-placed source the of The Manila Times, the court en banc granted on Tuesday the letter request filed by the PCIJ headed by Malou Mangahas.
The PCIJ is a news agency that specializes in investigative reports.
In their deliberations, the justices decided to show their SALN to the media for the sake of transparency and public accountability. The reckoning point of the SALN disclosure shall start from the year a particular magistrate has entered the high court until the year 2011.
In particular, the court has granted the disclosure of Sereno’s SALN from 2010 up to the year when she was appointed associate justice of the tribunal.
The PCIJ has likewise requested the SALN of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio from 2001 to 2011; Justice Presbitero Velasco from 2002 to 2011; Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro from 2007 to 2011; Justice Arturo Brion from 2008 to 2011; and Justice Diosdado Peralta from 2009 to 2011.
The 2011 SALN of the magistrates was released last year by the high court to Solar TV News, revealing the richest and the poorest magistrates:
Mariano del Castillo–P108,904,519.37; Antonio Carpio–P79,895,025.57; Bienvenido Reyes–P75,146,199.00; Estela Bernabe–P67,101,327; Roberto Abad–P42,100,000; Jose Mendoza–P27,408,152.36; Diosdado Peralta –P22,642,264.73; Martin Villarama Jr.–P19,074,165.20; Lucas Bersamin –P18,811,447.87; Lourdes Sereno– P18,029,575.51; Jose Perez–P9, 380,000; Teresita de Castro–P7,941,000; Presbitero Velasco–P7,264,064; Arturo Brion–P1,498,509.
However, requests for the disclosure of the Supreme Court justices’ SALN for 2012 have not been acted on.