The Manila Times - SC asked to disclose Leonen’s SALNs

11 September 2020

By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday was asked to disclose to the public the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of one of its justices, Marvic Mario Victor Leonen.

In a letter to the Supreme Court en banc Clerk of Court Edgardo Aricheta, dated September 9, lawyer Larry Gadon asked the court for certified copies of Leonen’s SALN for the years 1990 to 2011.

Before he became a Supreme Court magistrate in November 2012, Leonen was a professor at the University of the Philippines’ College of Law and chairman of the government peace panel.

Interest in Leonen’s assets and liabilities was highlighted after The Manila Times columnist and former Palace spokesman and ambassador Rigoberto Tiglao wrote that Leonen did not file SALNs in 2003, 2008 and 2009.

Leonen refused to give copies of his supposedly missing SALNs directly to Tiglao and instead passed it on to the Supreme Court Public Information Office, challenging Tiglao to do his own research.

Gadon argued that there was a precedent in asking for a Supreme Court justice, saying he did so when he filed an impeachment complaint against then Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

He said his request for the certified copies of Sereno’s SALNs was granted by the high court on Aug. 15, 2017.