Manila, Philippines – Malacañang lauded two associate justices of the Supreme Court (SC) for releasing information on their Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) and expressed hopes that the rest of the judiciary will make such disclosure a regular practice.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda cited that the public disclosure of SALN summaries by Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Maria Lourdes Sereno would help advance transparency and accountability in government.
“The cause of justice can have no sturdier shield than the integrity of those who are tasked with discharging it. The decision of Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Maria Lourdes Sereno to release the summaries of their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth upon the request of concerned citizens is commendable to the highest degree,” Lacierda said.
“A judge with nothing to hide is a judge with nothing to fear: Officials who serve the people with fidelity have everything to gain, and nothing to lose, from embracing transparency and accountability,” Lacierda added. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)