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SC TWG HEAD TASKED ON SURVIVORSHIP BENEFITS DENIES PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CJ SERENO



Personal Relationship and close ties were denied by Atty. Jocelyn Fabian on Wednesday after being questioned on her capacity in holding the position she was tasked by the Chief Justice.

Fabian is handling the technical working group of the Supreme Court which was tasked to process the survivorship benefits for spouses of deceased magistrates.

In the complaint filed by laywer Atty. Gadon, he alleged that the TWG created by Sereno had allegedly delayed the resolution of the 29 applications for two years when prior to its creation, the high court approved 271 applications filed from 2010 for 2-3 weeks only.

Gadon claimed, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno created the TWG headed by one of her lawyers who knew nothing much.

He argued Fabian’s most immediate job as an accountant for a department store is not really related to her job in the judiciary and it is illogical for the chief justice to appoint someone she does not know personally to a confidential position.

But Fabian said aside from being an accountant, she was also named as a Vice President for Finance of the said department store.

However, Fabian remained firm saying she applied for the post, was interviewed and went through the usual process of being hired in a post.

The respondent, meantime, said she and Sereno share the same religious faith, but are not from the same church— which raised questions from the lawmakers on her edge against other applicants in the position.

One of the Spokespersons of Sereno, Atty. Aldwin Salumbides said he knows that Fabian is well qualified for the position as she was chosen for the post because of her being expect on financial matters, even though she has been a lawyer for only 2 years that time.

Salumbides’ name was dragged after Fabian said he was on her character references in her resume.

But when asked of whether he has contributed to the hiring of Fabian, Salumbides said he was just placed as a character reference but he did not influence or take any step to help her application in any way.

Earlier, Sereno’s camp insisted that the delay in the processing of claims could not be attributed to Sereno.