MANILA — THERE IS a move to gather support for embattled Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, who is facing an impeachment complaint before the House of Representatives.
According to a newspaper report, a Manifesto of Support for Leonen is being circulated by Unibersidad de Manila Law Dean and Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) President Marisol Anenias.
When interviewed, Anenias refused to divulge the author of the manifesto as he claimed that it was a collective decision of the law deans and law professors to support Leonen.
However, a mainstream newspaper source disclosed that it is Anenias’ camp that leads the movement of drawing support for Leonen, texting individual law deans and professors, and persuading them to sign the manifesto.
But not all law professors and deans are willing to support Leonen. The magistrate’s glaring violations are weightier compared to that of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Mario Lourdes Sereno according to reports.
Edwin Cordevilla, secretary general of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance-Maharlika (FLAG-MAHARLIKA), filed the impeachment complaint on 7 December against Leonen, citing betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution as his group’s primary complaint against the magistrate.
Controversial lawyer Larry Gadon serves as the counsel for Cordevilla’s group and accompanied his client to file the impeachment complaint. Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba endorsed the complaint.
It may be recalled that Atty Gadon was also instrumental in filing the impeachment complaint against then CJ Sereno.
For his part, Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez said deliberations and discussions on Leonen’s impeachment case might be tackled on the later part of January 2021 or until after Congress returns from holiday recess.
Meanwhile, the “Axe Leonen Move” launched in Change.org four days ago, is slowly gaining ground for support with some 360 ordinary citizens who already made their voices clear as they affixed their signatures two days ago, petitioning to “Impeach Justice Marvic for failure to file 15 years of SALN and having the most backlog cases.” The petition is posted in Change.org. (AI/MTVN/DS)
Featured image: Embattled Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen