SolGen urged to bare SALNs

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Solicitor General Jose Calida. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 19) — The private citizen who filed a graft complaint against Solicitor General Jose Calida dared the government's top lawyer to reveal his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALNs).

In a two-page letter Friday, Jocelyn Marie Acosta said Calida should show his SALNs for the years 2016, 2017, and 2018.

"Being the architect of the quo warranto petition, you now have the burden of showing to the People that you have more integrity than the Chief Justice," Acosta said in her letter.

Calida earlier said Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno lacked integrity for failing to file her SALNs, prompting him to file an ouster plea to the Supreme Court, which was granted on May 11.

Acosta's freedom of information request supposedly showed the Solicitor General owns 60 percent of the capital stock of Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency (VISAI), a security agency of four government agencies, namely: the National Economic and Development Authority, National Anti-Poverty Commission, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, and National Parks Development Committee.

The citizen said Calida's family ownership of VISAI, as reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 29, 2016, shows "a clear conflict of intertest."

Acosta urged the Solicitor General to show he "accurately declared" his family's ownership of VISAI.

Acosta, a known Sereno supporter, filed on May 10 a graft and administrative complaint against Calida at the Ombudsman, for seeking the ouster of Sereno through a quo warranto petition.