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Justice Leonen faces impeachment complaint

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An impeachment complaint has been filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen at the House of Representatives Monday.

Edwin Codevilla, who introduced himself as Secretary-General of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance – Maharlika filed the complaint against Leonen.

Codevilla, who also a cousin of then Senator Bongbong Marcos, was accompanied by lawyer Larry Gadon when he filed the complaint against Leonen.

He accused the Supreme Court Justice of breach of the public trust because of his alleged shady past when he was still the professor at the University of the Philippines and a top negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during the administration of then-President Noynoy Aquino prior his appointment to the High Court.

Leonen, he said, failed to file his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth during his time with UP.

The justice, for his part, issued his official statement.

“Our chambers received information that an impeachment complaint was filed today before the House of Representatives. We have not received a copy of the complaint. Given the urgent and pressing needs of our people during this time of crises, we are confident that our leaders will do the right thing. Certainly, this may not be to attend to false issues raised by some for clearly personal or vindictive reasons. Regardless, we wish everyone the best for this season of kindness and compassion. May we all continue to help others who are still truly in need. 7 December 2020.”

The impeachment is sought on the grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.

 

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