By Billy Begas
The House of Representatives has yet to refer the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen to the House Committee on Justice.
During the plenary session on Monday, AnaKalusugan Rep. Michael Defensor asked the status of the impeachment complaint filed against Leonen in December.
Defensor was referring to the complaint filed by Edwin Cordevilla, secretary general of the Filipino League of Advocates For Good Government (FLAGG) and endorsed by locos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba, cousin of former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr.
“Ang itatanong ko lang naman Mr. Speaker ay yung status nung impeachment case na finile ni Honorable Barba… and pending at the Office of the Speaker,” said Defensor.
House Deputy Majority Leader and Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla replied that the complaint has yet to be referred to the House Committee on Justice.
“The Rules state that there are 10 session days within which we can refer the matter to the Committee on Justice. However, we are only on our third session day as we have not adjourned, or we only adjourned twice before this session day… so we are only in our third session day,” said Remulla.
The presiding officer is suspending the session instead of adjourning it avoiding the need to conduct roll call for the following session. The session is conducted from Monday to Wednesday.
“We can assure the gentleman from AnaKalusugan that we will refer the same to the Committee on Justice,” added Remulla.
Leonen was accused of culpable violation of the Constitution for allegedly failing to dispose of some 37 cases in his sala within 24 months. He is also accused of deliberately delaying the resolution of cases before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET.
Leonen was also accused of failing to file his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for 15 years while working at the University of the Philippines.