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SC rejects requests from Calida, Gadon for copies of Leonen’s SALN

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday (Sept. 15) has turned down the request of both Solicitor General Jose Calida and lawyer Larry Gadon for copies of the statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) of Justice Marvic Leonen.

“I would like to confirm that the Supreme Court in today’s En Banc session unanimously resolved to deny the requests of the Office of the Solicitor General and Atty. Lorenzo G. Gadon for copies of the SALN of and other information pertaining to SC Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen for purposes of preparing a Quo Warranto petition,” announced SC Spokesperson Brian Hosaka.

“Justice Leonen took no part in the resolution,” Hosaka noted.

Gadon earlier said he asked Calida last week to also file a quo warranto petition seeking to removal of Leonen from the SC.

“If Sereno (ousted chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno) was ousted from the Supreme Court due to lack of integrity as exemplified by her non filing of SALNs (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth) in UP (University of the Philippines) for many years, then there is no reason why the same standard should not be applied to AJ Leonen,” read the letter of lawyer Larry Gadon to Calida.

“I therefore respectfully urge and request the Office of the Solicitor General to institute Quo Warranto proceedings against AJ Leonen,” added Gadon.

Calida filed on March 5, 2018 a quo warranto petition before the SC which sought to void Sereno’s 2012 appointment at the high tribunal.

The solicitor general explained Sereno failed to submit her SALNs which was one of the requirements set by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

The SC on May 11, 2018, the SC voted 8-6 in favor of Calida’s quo warranto case.

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