Edwin Cordevilla, secretary general of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government-Maharlika (FLAG-Maharlika), signs the impeachment case he filed at the House on Monday through counsel Atty. Larry Gadon (center) against SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.
MANILA — An impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen for culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust has been filed before the House of Representatives on Monday.
Edwin Cordevilla, secretary general of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government-Maharlika (FLAG-Maharlika), filed the complaint through the help of his lawyer, former senatorial candidate Larry Gadon.
Cordevilla’s complaint was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba.
“Respondent (Leonen) is guilty of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust. Therefore, he should not be allowed to continue in office,” the complaint read.
The complaint accused Leonen of failure to dispose 37 cases within two years, which Cordevilla said is a violation of the constitutional guarantee of speedy disposition of cases.
In addition, there are also unresolved cases at the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, where Leonen sits as chairperson.
“The justice failed to consider the implications of these prolonged delays in the lives of the litigants,” the complaint stated.
Leonen is also accused of being partial and taking sides against the current administration as shown by dissenting opinions on the grant of bail for former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and on the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao.
Gadon was known for filing the impeachment complaint against Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for her failure to file her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
However, it was through a quo warranto petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida that Sereno was removed from her post.
In preparation for a possible quo warranto petition, Calida earlier tried to obtain copies of Leonen’s SALN from the Supreme Court, but the justices rejected his request. (AI/MTVN)