SC dismisses petitions to compel congress to convene in a joint session for martial law deliberations

UNTV News   •   July 25, 2017   •   2640

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_072517_ATTY Theodore Te

MANILA, Philippines —  The Supreme Court has denied the request to compel the Senate and the House to convene in joint session and look into the basis of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

All 15 justices voted to dismiss separate petitions filed by the groups of Sen. Leila de Lima and former Senator Wigberto “Bobby” Tañada.

The court said Congress is only mandated to hold joint session if it intends to revoke or extends the proclamation of martial law.

“The court, voting unanimously but with two concurring only in the result, dismissed the petitions on the ground that congress did not gravely abuse its discretion in not convening jointly upon the President’s issuance of Proclamation 216 Series of 2017 on the reason that Article 7 Section 18 imposes no such duty on congress to convene,” SC Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

Justices Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa conclude the petition has become moot and academic.

The 60-day period of the original declaration has already expired last July 22.

The Congress, during its joint session last Saturday, has approved the extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31.

Lawyer for the petitioners and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said the decision of the court is unfortunate.

He added that it was clear the joint session is needed more for the president’s initial declaration than for its extension. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News and Rescue

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)

Leonen ‘confident’ House solons to ‘do right thing’ on impeach bid

Robie de Guzman   •   December 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen on Monday expressed confidence that members of the House of Representatives will “do the right thing” on the impeachment complaint filed against him.

Leonen issued the statement after an impeachment rap was filed before the lower House 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.

Leonen said he has received information about the complaint but has yet to receive a copy of it.

“Given the urgent and pressing needs of our people during the time of crises, we are confident that our leaders will do the right thing,” the justice said.

“Certainly, this may not be to attend to false issues raised by some clearly personal or vindictive reasons,” he added.

Cordevilla filed the complaint with the assistance and representation of lawyer Larry Gadon.

The complaint against Leonen was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Representative Angelo Marcor Barba, cousin of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“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,” Leonen said.

Marcos wants Leonen to inhibit from poll protest vs Robredo

Maris Federez   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos is asking Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen to inhibit from the hearing of his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The Marcos camp claimed that Justice Leonen had shown his prejudices against the said election protest.

Marcos said Leonen, the justice-in-charge on the case, had been one of those who had been against the burial of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. He is also an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whose family is known as a political rival of the Marcoses.

Marcos claims that Leonen has been dragging the case with his inaction.

“Justice Leonen has prejudged this case. He’s hostile to me and to our entire group if you may call that. And we see some instances where he expressed an opinion against the Marcoses. Me, in particular, and the Marcoses, in general,” the former senator said.

He also alleged that Justice Leonen had been delaying the proceedings of the case by asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Office of the Solicitor-General on whether the high court has jurisdiction on the case.

“Naging maliwanag sa akin ang dahilan kung bakit niya hiningan ng comment ay magdelay ulit at imposible para sa akin na hindi niya nalalaman. Isang justice ng Supreme Court, hindi nalalaman ang batas tungkol diyan? Hihingi tungkol sa jurisdiction?” he said.

Aside from Leonen’s inhibition, the Marcos camp also wants to have the election protest raffled off again and for the court to arrive at a resolution for all the pending details on the said protest.

Among these is the nullification of the votes in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao due to the reported harassment of voters and alleged preshading of ballots.

Marcos personally went to the Supreme Court on Monday morning (November 9) with his lawyers, Atty George Erwin Garcia and Atty. Vic Rodriguez who is also his spokesperson.

Marcos hopes that, with Leonen’s inhibition, the case will proceed accordingly and will be immediately resolved.

“Pag wala na si Justice Leonen kung mag-inhibit siya may pag-asa na hindi na madelay; may pag-asa matatapos in time. Pag si Justice ang nakaupo, in charge diyan, sa aking pananaw, imposibleng matatapos ito in time. Pipilitin niya ipupwersa abutin ang filing para maging moot and academic.  Eleven months walang ginawa walang sinulat walang inilabas na desisyon,” he claimed. — (from the report of Dante Amento) /mbmf

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