By: Elena Grace Flores
Leonen’s Ruling on Marcos’ Electoral Protest is Confidential
Taking Credit from Quotes
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns the court’s staff that unauthorized disclosure, publication, or use of this document or any of its contents is classified as a grave offense. It is punishable by suspension or dismissal from service, he added. Nevertheless, hints reached some publications But the loyalists can only braise up for the 2022 elections despite the outcome. Leonen basically takes credit from famous quotes.
Famous Philosopher and the Bible
Aside from Leonen’s unique watermark that are in “baybayin” characters for the word “confidential,” they are on every page of the document. Leonen asks each Supreme Court magistrate to sign a copy of the draft. This is another safeguard against leakage. The associate justice includes the draft quotes from the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu and the Bible.
He cites Lao Tzu’s maxim: “New Beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” From John 8:32: “Then you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” He also quoted from American author Alexandra Bracken’s book, The Darkest Minds: “But part of surviving is being able to move on.” The messages can only be sad for the BBM camp. But will the enbanc agree with him? That’s something to follow through. Perhaps, they won’t give him the credit of manipulating the situation.