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The Manila Times - Impeachment complaint filed vs Leonen

News & Interviews
7 December 2020

By Reina C. Tolentino | The Manila Times

AN impeachment complaint was filed on Monday against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mario Victor Leonen.

Secretary General Edwin Cordevilla of the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government filed the complaint at the House of Representatives. It was endorsed by Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba.

Leonen was accused of committing culpable violation of the Constitution for allegedly “failing to dispose of at least” 37 cases within 24 months “as mandated by Section 15 (1), Article VIII, in relation to Section 16, Article III of the Constitution, which mandates the prompt action and speedy disposition of cases.”

He was also accused of “arbitrarily delaying the resolution of cases pending before him as Chairperson of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.”

The complainant said that the magistrate betrayed public trust when he “failed to file his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (‘SALN’) during his tenure at the University of the Philippines, as mandated by Section 17, Article XI of the 1987 Constitution.”

Leonen allegedly did not file his SALN

for 15 years, an act that “negates the probity and integrity required of him as a member of the Judiciary,” the complainant said.