Sat. May 8th, 2021
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen now faces an impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives over “culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.”

Filing the impeachment complaint was Edwin Cordevilla, Secretary General of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government assisted by Larry Gadon. The complaint was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Barba.

The complaint stated that Leonen “clearly lacks integrity because he failed to file his Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN),” citing a newspaper articles stating he failed to do such in the past 15 years.

Also, the complaint said that Leonen has also been “negligent and incompetent” for allegedly failing to dispose 37 cases in the Supreme Court. They cited that he is mandated by the Constitution that cases should be decided within 24 months from the time it is submitted for resolution.

“Respondent failed to consider the implications of these prolonged delays in the lives of the litigants. He should know that when justice is delayed to a fault, uncertainty in the litigants lingers, thereby diminishing trust and confidence in the Court,” the complaint stated.

Cordevilla also said the supposed “incompetence and inefficiency” of Leonen resulted in the delayed resolution of 34 cases, consisting of 21 election protests and 13 quo warranto cases, pending in the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) where he sits as chairperson. One of the pending cases at the HRET was filed by former Senator Bong Bong Marcos against current Vice President Leni Robredo. SOVEREIGNPH

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