Noynoy Aquino when asked why Sereno was qualified as Chief Justice: "JBC should be the one to answer!"

Noynoy Aquino, JBC, Maria Lourdes Sereno (CTTO)

Fresh News: A puzzled former President Benigno Aquino III told reporters when interviewed on Monday that it should not be him but rather the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) who ought to clarify why Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was qualified for the post as the country's 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in spite of her inability to submit complete Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

When asked about Sereno's suitability for the post, the former president said that JBC should be the ones to answer that since they were the ones who gave him the list and based on his understanding, being on the list implies that a person is qualified as chief justice candidates.

Judicial Bar and Council (CTTO)

Noynoy Aquino then added that it's actually difficult and confusing that after choosing the person that he thought was qualified for the post will turn out the different way.

Aquino said confusingly, "Ano ba talaga? Sila (JBC) dapat sumagot no’n dahil kapag binigay sa akin ang listahan, ibig sabihin qualified sila as chief justices nominees."

Mahirap no, mabibigay sa ‘yo: ‘Ito listahan ng mga taong qualified.’ Pagpili mo, ‘Oo nga pala hindi ‘yan qualified.’ Ano ba talaga?” He added.

Noynoy Aquino and Maria Lourdes Sereno (CTTO)

Noynoy Aquino and Maria Lourdes Sereno (CTTO)

It can be recalled that on Monday, February 26, 2018, Atty. Eligio Mallari, a lawyer who was earlier suspended over an issue with Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), denounced Aquino, Sereno and a few officials of abusing the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for the arrangement of Sereno as Chief Justice in 2012.

Mallari claimed Sereno is unqualified for the position as she allegedly failed to comply with the requirements such as the submission of the complete statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

He also indicted Aquino and different respondents of disregarding Section 3(e) of RA 3019, that gave 'unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference to Sereno through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence'.

Atty. Eligio Mallari (CTTO)

The said case was filed before the Office of the Ombudsman while Noynoy Aquino was at the House hearing on the questionable dengue immunization program that prompted the deaths of some Filipinos, mostly children.

It has been said that amid Sereno's application for the CJ post in 2012, she composed a letter to JBC requesting exclusion from SALN submission, as her SALN, especially her records when she was as yet a University of the Philippines (UP) law professor, could never again be found.

However, that issue was not raised before the JBC in full court. and be that as it may, Sereno's camp said she submitted three SALNs since her appointment as Supreme Court Associate Justice in 2010.

Source:  Inquirer

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