DOJ Probes CJ Sereno for Criminal Charges Including her Failure to File Her SALN for 17 Years

The Department of Justice (DOJ) under the leadership of Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II revealed to the media that DOJ will investigate the criminal charges against CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno, despite the fact that's she enjoys immunity from criminal suit but she's an impeachable official.


According to Sec. Aguirre the DOJ will conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint filed lastw week by veteran lawyer Lorenzo Gadon - also the complainant in the impeachment case against Sereno at the House of Representatives - for alleged failure to file her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 17 years when she was still teaching law at the University of the Philippines.

Sec. Aguirre was quoted as saying "We will conduct preliminary investigation to determine if there is probable cause to charge her of any offense,” Aguirre said in a text message yesterday to PhilStar.

Based upon the statement of DOJ Sec. Aguirre, the DOJ will summon CJ Sereno and require her to answer the allegations in the complaint for Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees) and RA 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

The DOJ also explained that as the agency is st to proceed with the resolution of Gadon's criminal charge against Sereno, Aguirre has confirmed that any results will have to be shelved while Sereno remains in office.

“Since she is an impeachable official, assuming that there exists probable cause, we could not file it as long as she remains an impeachable official,” he explained.

Sec. Aguirre also noted that should the investigating prosecutors find probable cause in the complaint, the findings would still have to be submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman for review since the charges fall under the jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan but if there's no probable cause, they will dismiss their investigation.

Atty. Gadon in his complaint accused CJ Sereno of violating the law when she only filed SALNs for three years - 1998, 2002 and 2006 - during her tenure as law professor at the UP College of law for 20 years from 1986 up to 2006.

Source: PNA

DOJ Probes CJ Sereno for Criminal Charges Including her Failure to File Her SALN for 17 Years DOJ Probes CJ Sereno for Criminal Charges Including her Failure to File Her SALN for 17 Years Reviewed by Phil Newsome on January 29, 2018 Rating: 5
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