Secretary General Edwin Cordevilla of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance – Maharlika files an impeachment complaint against Mario Victor F. Leonen as Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of the Philippines before the House of Representatives for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust. He is accompanied by his lawyer, Atty. Larry Gadon and Congressman Eugenio Angelo Barba.
All public officials are accountable to the people whether one is an elected official or an appointed official. The often quoted principle stating that “sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them” cannot and should not be taken lightly. Our Constitution provides a process for holding high officials accountable to the people and it is called IMPEACHMENT.
The New Code of Judicial Conduct provides that a judge shall uphold and promote independence, integrity and impartiality of the Judiciary. However, Associate Justice Leonen has violated, breached and simply ignored all these basic tenets.
Justice Leonen is incompetent because he sat on dozens of cases in contravention of the Constitutional mandate. He clearly lacks integrity because he failed to file his SALN (Statement of Assets and Liabilities).
Because of the these lapses he must now be held accountable for his actions for the betterment of judiciary and the future good of our country