Pangulong Aquino, Ipinaliwanag ang Pagkakatalaga kay Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

admin   •   November 24, 2012   •   3482

Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa pagkakatalaga kay Government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen bilang Associate Justice ng Supreme Court sa Malacañan Palace nitong Miyerkules, November 21, 2012. (Photo by the Malacañang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinaliwanag ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III kung bakit si Justice Marvic Leonen ang itinalaga bilang bagong mahistrado ng Korte Suprema.

Sa isang pagpupulong ng isang non-government organization, sinabi ng pangulo na dumaan sa masusing konsultasyon ang appointment kay Leonen taliwas sa sinasabi ng mga kritiko.

“Talagang sa loob ko maganda ang ginawa ni Marvic sa trabaho ng pagkakaunawaan… at kinakabahan ako, papakawalan kita… ngayon, di pa tayo tapos,” ani Pangulong Aquino.

“Tinanong ko si Sec. Ging  puwede na ba nating pakawalan si Marvic at meron ba tayong papalit sa kanya baka maudlot pa ang usapang pangkapayapaan?”

Ayon pa sa Pangulo, patuloy siyang naniniwala na maisasapinal pa rin ang peace talks sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) sa kabila nang naalis na si Justice Leonen sa peace panel.

Umaasa naman ang palasyo na sa pagkakatalaga kay Leonen sa Korte Suprema ay makapagbigay ito ng kontribusyon sa ginagawang reporma sa Hudikatura. (Jerico Albano & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Supreme Court resets oral arguments on Anti-Terror Law to Feb. 2

Robie de Guzman   •   January 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The oral arguments on the controversial anti-terrorism law have been moved to February 2, the Supreme Court announced Friday.

This is after staffers of Solicitor General Jose Calida tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Considering the meritorious request of Solicitor General Jose Calida that his Assistant Solicitor General and some staff who will attend the oral arguments have been tested positive for COVID-19, you are hereby informed, per instruction of the Honorable Supreme Court, that the oral arguments is reset to February 2, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.,” the Clerk of Court said in a statement.

“No further postponement will be allowed,” it added.

The high court originally scheduled the oral arguments on January 19.

JBC opens application for Chief Justice after SC OKs Peralta’s early retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the applications for chief justice following the Supreme Court en banc’s approval of the early retirement of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

In an announcement, the JBC said the applicants may submit their applications and other documentary requirements on February 15.

Applicants must visit the JBC website and access the online application scheduler from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight not later than the said date, it added.

The JBC said Peralta’s optional retirement was approved by the magistrates on January 5 during their first en banc session this year. He will step down from office when he turns 69 on March 27, one year ahead of the mandatory retirement age for judges and justices.

The SC in December confirmed that Peralta opted for early retirement but did not disclose the reason.

Peralta was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as SC chief justice in 2019.

When he retires, the five most senior magistrates in the high court will be automatically nominated for the post, subject to their confirmation. They are Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Alexander Gesmundo, and Ramon Hernando.

Duterte admin not involved in impeach rap vs Leonen – Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from an impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen before the House of Representatives.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte is not involved in the move and did not endorse the complaint.

“Wala pong kinalaman diyan. We don’t even know who the proponents are,” Roque said in a televised press briefing.

The impeachment rap against Leonen was lodged by one Edwin Cordevilla of a group called the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government.

Cordevilla accused Leonen of committing “culpable violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust,” and slow case disposition.

He also accused Leonen of failing to file his statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) during his tenure at the University of the Philippines, as required by law.

Cordevilla filed the complaint with the assistance and representation of lawyer Larry Gadon. It was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Representative Angelo Marcor Barba, cousin of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Leonen said he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint but he expressed confidence that House lawmakers will “do the right thing” and will not entertain “false issues raised by some clearly personal or vindictive reasons.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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