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Leonen Resists Disclosing Impeachment Evidence

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By: Elena Grace Flores
YouTube Video by Coach Jarret




Impeachment Case Against Leonen

Another Sereno?

Atty. Larry Gadon once again files an impeachment complaint against the SC justice, Marvic Leonen at the House recently. This is the second time of the same nature. The first one was that of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. This comes after Leonen seeks a probe on the leak of his 5 million pesos request to renovate a cottage at the Supreme Court compound. The excessive spending receives lots of negative comments on social media.



Betrayal of Public Trust

“Respondent (Leonen) is guilty of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust, reads the complaint. Therefore, he should not be allowed to continue in office,” it added. Gadon previously did this with Sereno. She was eventually impeached from the Supreme Court. This is through a quo warranto petition. It was filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida.

Probe on Media Leak

However, Leonen resists to disclose the evidence by filing a probe on the media leak. In most cases, a newspaper article is at the best secondary evidence of its contents. It is not admissible in evidence without proper proof of the contents. If the court rules negatively on how the information was obtained, that might not be used in the proceeding.

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