Court junks Gadon bid to get copies of justice’s SALN

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    THE Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition filed by lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon and the Office of the Solicitor General to get a copy of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of Associate Justice Marvic Leonen preparatory to the possible filing of a quo warranto case against the latter.

    SC spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said Supreme Court, during the en banc session, “unanimously resolved to deny the requests” of Gadon and the OSG for copies of Leonen’s SALN.

    He said Leonen did not participate in deliberations.

    Leonen, along with Justices Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Estela Perlas Bernabe, are among appointees of former President Aquino in the 15-member SC, with Bernabe now the most senior among the magistrates.

    It was Calida’s petition for quo warranto, based on the non-filing of SALN by Maria Lourdes Sereno that eventually led to her ouster as chief justice.

    Yesterday’s decision was the third defeat for Gadon, a defeated senatorial candidate who was suspended last year over his use of abusive language. In 2018, he called Sereno supporters “bobo (stupid).”

    Early this month, the justices voted also unanimously to junk his petition seeking to declare null and void Republic Act 6639 naming the Manila International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport, for lack of merit. Before that, the SC dismissed his petition asking the court to stop the National Telecommunication Commission from issuing a provisional authority to ABS-CBN after its franchise expired last May, for lack of legal standing.

    Gadon has asked Solicitor General Jose Calida to file a quo warranto case against Leonen as he claimed the latter did not file his SALN when he was serving as a faculty member of the University of the Philippines from 1989 to 2003 and from 2008 to 2009.

    Gadon also wrote a letter to the en banc asking for certified copies of Leonen’s SALN for the years 1990 to 2011.

    Leonen joined the UP Faculty in 1989 and served in various capacities, including as vice president for legal affairs in 2005 and dean of the UP College of Law in 2008. He left UP in 2010 to become the chief peace negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and was appointed to the SC in 2012.