Impeachment complaint filed against Justice Leonen

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Mario Victor “Marvic” Leonen is facing an impeachment complaint endorsed by a member of the Marcos family, filed before the House of Representatives on Monday, December 7.

Edwin Cordevilla, secretary general of advocacy group Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government filed the complaint which was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba, a cousin of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

To recall, Leonen is in charge of the electoral protest of Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

Cordevilla, who is represented by pro-Marcos lawyer Larry Gadon, cited Leonen’s alleged failure to file his Statement of Assets and Liabilities or SALN and supposed delays in resolution of cases.

“The willful and intentional disregard of our Constitution evidently proves his lack of integrity. Thus, just like SERENO, he must be disqualified from holding public office,” the complaint read.

It also said Leonen was “negligent and incompetent” for failing to dispose of at least 37 cases within the required period of 24 months to submit a resolution. It added that 34 election protests and quo warranto cases barely moved when Leonen assumed the HRET chairmanship in October 2019.

The Supreme Court has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

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