May 15, 2018
When Chief Justice Corona was impeached due to discrepancies with his SALN, it set a precedent. After that, aside from treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, and betrayal of public trust, the SALN became a tool to get rid of impeachable officials. It was applied again in the case of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno when the validity of her appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was questioned through a Quo Warranto petition by Solicitor General Jose Calida.
Last May 11, 2018 the Supreme Court voted to grant the petition for quo warranto. Lawyers and scholars have discussed the decision’s repercussions. Perhaps only time will tell how this decision will affect impeachable officials in the future.
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