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Jardeleza remains richest magistrate, SC releases SALN of 15 justices in 2016

MANILA�- Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza remains the richest magistrate.

This was according to the Supreme Court summary report of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of the 15 magistrates of the highest court of the land for the year 2016.

Jardeleza has a net worth of PHP252.16 million an increase of PHP2.4 million from PHP249 million last 2015. His real properties are worth PHP58.9 million while his personal property is PHP193.2 million with no liability. He jointly filed his SALN with his wife Concepcion.

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen still the poorest magistrate of the high tribunal with a net worth of PHP2.4 million or an increase of PHP220,045 from PHP2.2 million last 2015. His real properties are worth Php3.4 million, and personal property worth Php2.6 million with liabilities worth Php3.6 million.

Next to Jardeleza is Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo with net worth of Php138.9 million or about Php3.8 million higher than 2015. His real properties are worth Php50.9 million, personal property of Php88.4 million with liabilities worth Php459,147.

His SALN included the assets of his wife, former Ateneo Law Dean Cynthia Roxas-Del Castillo.

Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa has a net worth of Php 121.5 million. His real properties are worth Php40.8 million while personal property is at Php80.7 million with no liabilities.

Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has a net worth of Php82.6 million. His real properties are worth Php38.3 million while personal property Php44.4 million with liabilities worth Php75,000.

The net worth of Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe reached Php78.2 million her real properties are worth Php53.7 million while personal property Php24.5 million with no liabilities.

Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, who has retired last July 6 has a net worth of Php77.8 million with real properties worth Php37 million, personal property Php 41.7 million with liabilities worth Php 1 million.

The net worth of Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta has a net worth of Php 43.5 million with his real properties are worth Php24.2 million while personal property Php 19.3 million with liabilities worth Php 50,000.

The net worth of Associate Justice Jose Mendoza increased to Php 41.4 million, with his real properties are worth Php12.9 million while personal property Php 29.5 million with liabilities worth Php 1.34 million.

Associate Justice Lucas P. Bersamin has a net worth of Php 41.2 million which grew up Php 12.1 million compared Php 29.1 million last 2015. His real properties are worth Php33.1 million while personal property Php 26.1 million with liabilities worth Php 18 million.

The net worth of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was recorded at Php 24.2 million, more than Php 2.76 million compared to her net worth in 2015.

Her real properties are worth Php7.9 million while personal property Php 16.8 million with liabilities worth Php 533,739.

Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., has a net worth of Php17.7 million with real properties worth Php1.3 million and personal property worth Php 16.3 million with no liabilities.

Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro has net worth of Php17.7 with real properties worth Php11.7 million, personal property at Php 17.6 million with liabilities worth Php 11.7 million.

The two newest magistrates, Associate Justice Samuel Martires has a net worth of Php40.7 million while Associate Justice Noel Tijam has a net worth of Php15.7 million.

Martires’ real properties are worth Php13.5 million, personal property of Php 27.7 million with liabilities worth Php 5,500.

Tijam’s real properties are worth Php4 million while personal property Php 11.8 million with liabilities worth Php 5,235.

The SALNs of justices have been released by the high court to the public annually since 2012, but only upon official request from interested parties subject to the approval of the full court.

In 2012, the high court approved the release of the SALNs of justices after the ouster of former chief justice Renato Corona in May 2012 due to millions of assets not declared in his SALN.

In a resolution dated June 2012, the SC stressed that only copies of latest SALNs, PDS and CVs of justices should be released.

Request for previous records should be granted only under justifiable grounds as specified under Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials).

The SC explained that the conditions set for the release of the SALN and other personal documents of the justices are necessary to protect their members from harassment.

Source: Philippine News Agency