MANILA, Philippines – Member of the list of parties in the House of Representatives has requested to update the conviction complaint filed against Supreme Court Justice Marwick Laone, which was filed more than two months ago.
Ankalosogan’s representative, Michael Defensor, conducted a parliamentary inquiry into the complaint filed by Larry Gaddon representing Edwin Cordville’s client.
Defensor’s interrogation came days after the Supreme Court, which sat as the presidential election court (PET), scrapped the election protest filed by Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcus Jr. claiming he lost the 2016 vice-presidential race because he was deceived by Vice President Lenny Rovero.
Leon was the focal point of the PET decision.
“What I’m asking about is the status of the dismissal case,” Defensor said at the plenary session Monday (February 22).
“This is a simple question because according to our rules, there should be 10 days of sitting and the chair of the chair should refer it to the Justice Committee for Justice,” said Defensor, who sits in the House of Representatives of the medical sector.
The 40-page complaint was filed by Gaddon on December 7, 2020 and was approved by a representative of Ilokus Norte Angelo Marcus Barba, a cousin of Bongbong.
“I just want to know the status because we have deviated from the set days in the rules,” said Defensor, who was previously a permanent member of the House representing a district in Kazan City.
According to him, he makes the inquiry “not only for myself but for the honorable rabbi.” “What is the status of the dismissal case?” he said.
Cavite president Jesus Crispin Ramallah, the deputy chief of staff at the House, said that technically, only two days of session have passed since the complaint was filed.
“The rules state that there are 10 days of session in which we can refer the matter to the Justice Committee,” Ramallah said.
“However, we are only on our third session day because we did not postpone or only postponed twice before this session day. That is why we are only on our third session day and it will be a matter of time,” Ramallah said.
“We can assure the gentleman from Anaklosogan that we will refer him to the Justice Court Committee at the appropriate time,” he said.
Defensor accepted Ramallah’s explanation by saying that the complaint was filed before the house went on hiatus last December.
Another representative of the list of parties, the representative of Abuno Conardo Astrela III, also asked to assure the defender that there was enough time to refer the indictment to the Judiciary Committee.
According to the house regulations, the general secretary should immediately refer the conviction complaint to the speaker, who has 10 days of sitting upon receipt to include it in the business order.
The conviction complaint must then be referred to the Judiciary Committee within three days of sitting.
The panel led by Lite President Vicente Veloso will determine whether it is sufficient in form and substance, after which official discussions will begin.
Last week, the Supreme Court, at a PET hearing, rejected Marcus’ protest on charges of defrauding the polls against Roberto in the 2016 vice-presidential race.
Leon is the judge in charge of the polls. The Supreme Court, which sat as the PET, rejected moves to masturbate, appointing former President Benigno Aquino III to delay the case.
Gaddon, a supporter of Marcus, sought to remove Leon by dismissal by citing the alleged violation of the masturbation constitution and betrayal of public trust.
The complaint alleges that Leon had a backlog of 82 cases in the Supreme Court and also failed to quickly resolve cases before him as chairman of the Electoral Court.
He claims that Leon also did not file his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth for 15 years during his tenure at the University of the Philippines.
Former former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio described the case against Leon as baseless.
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