Counsel Atty. Larry Gadon shows the media copies of the impeachment document filed at the House of Representatives last Dec. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy by CNN Ph)
MANILA — An independent organization that goes by the name Change.org has launched a petition in relation to the impeachment case filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen last Monday, 07 December 2020.
On its official website, the group has called on those who believe that Leonen should be impeached from his post to sign the petition.
Change.org said that within the first 24 hours after the online signature campaign was launched online, the petition already hit 500 subscribers or signatories.
The target is one million signatures before deliberations or discussions on the merits of the impeachment complaint against Leonen begin middle of next year, 2021.
Accompanied by lawyer Larry Gadon, Poet Edwin Cordevilla, secretary general of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance-Maharlika, filed the impeachment complaint with the House of Representatives against Leonen for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.
Through this signature campaign: “Let us show the will of the people to our congressmen and senators and support to Filipino League for Good Governance’s Edwin Cordevilla,” Change.org said.
The group insisted that public officials are accountable to the people whether one is an elected official or an appointed official.
“Our Constitution provides a process for holding high officials accountable to the people and it is called IMPEACHMENT,” it said.
In his complaint, which was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba, Cordevilla claimed that the Magistrate failed to dispose 37 cases within two years, which he said is a violation of the constitutional guarantee to speedy disposition of cases.
Aside from this, Cordevilla said Leonen has also failed to resolve cases at the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, where he is the chairperson.
Cordevilla said Leonen is also guilty of betrayal of public trust as he failed to file his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 15 years when he worked as professor at the University of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Gadon said support from the academe and colleagues gathered by the embattled magistrate is good but he said Leonen failed to mention the names of his supporters are in particular. (AI/MTVN)