Sereno’s excuses have been preposterous. In 2012, she requested the JBC that she be “treated as a private sector” so that she need not submit her SALN. She was clearly not, having been with the faculty of the government institution. The JBC did not even respond to her strange request.
She knew that with her qualifications and character, she would spend her legal career as an obscure academic and legal researcher, so that nobody would bother her to ask if she had complied with the SALN requirement. Her omission though does reflect her sense of impunity of the law, that she could ignore the SALN requirements which for her was simply a bother to comply with.
In that case, the court ruled that Villar, even if the Constitution provides that the COA chair can be removed only by impeachment, can be ousted if his appointment in the first place violates the Constitution and other laws, which it did.