The campaign to unseat Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen has met its sorry end in the House of Representatives committee on justice.
Voting overwhelmingly 44-0-0 to wastebasket the petition last week, the House committee ruled that Edwin Cordevilla of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Governance “lacked personal knowledge and authentic documents” to support his serious claims that, if successful, would have resulted in the dismissal from office of the progressive-leaning Leonen.
These are key requirements for the impeachment proceedings to move on.
Cordevilla had accused Leonen of allegedly failing to dispose of 37 cases pending before his desk within 24 months, which is a culpable violation of the 1987 Constitution. Too, he said Leonen allegedly failed to file his SALN for 15 years while serving in the government.
The SALN issue, it should be recalled, led to the ouster of the late SC chief justice Renato Sereno as well as Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno.
Leonen was appointed to the high tribunal by ex-President Noynoy Aqjuino.
There is very little love lost for Leonen in the camp of Bongbong Marcos. Marcos sought Leonen’s inhibition from the election protest he had filed against Vice President Leni Robredo, which was soon after junked by the SC.