• SC grants release of SALN copies

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    THE Supreme Court (SC) has granted a request of an online media researcher for copies of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of all members of the tribunal.

    In a July 7, 2015 resolution promulgated by Clerk of Court Felipa Borlongan-Anama, the SC approved the letter-request of Gerard Raymond Lim, researcher, Rappler.com, for copies of the SALN of all SC magistrates for Calendar Year (CY) 2014.

    It also granted Lim’s request for copies of the Personal Data Sheet (PDS) of Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, “subject to payment of the required fees.”

    The SC, however, denied another request of Lim for the SALN of all justices for CY 2013 “considering that in the resolution of June 25, 2014, the court already granted the request of Reynaldo Santos Jr., senior researcher, Rappler, for the 2013 SALN of all incumbent members of the tribunal and that Santos obtained the same documents on July 25, 2014.”

    It also granted a request of Chairmaine Lirio, junior researcher-writer, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), for copies of the 2012 and 2013 SALN of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and other members of the court, “subject to payment of the required fees and the court’s pending action on the request for permission to post SALN/data entries in online facilities.”

    The High Court reminded Lim and Lirio that they must “faithfully comply with [their]undertaking and declaration in the request form[.]”

    It said “any violation thereof will subject [them]to the liability imposed under Section 11, Republic Act 6713, in addition to any criminal, civil or administrative liability.”

    “The court further resolved to consider as served the copies of the resolutions dated March 24 and April 7, 2015 addressed to Lirio, which the same were returned unserved with the same notation on the letter-envelopes ‘RTS-Moved Out,’” the SC pointed out.

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