The House Committee on Justice unanimously approved Thursday the motion for the outright dismissal of the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic MVF Leonen during its initial deliberation on the matter.
The committee, chaired by Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso III, discussed the constitutional violations outlined in the complaint filed by Edwin Cordevilla, who alleged that Justice Leonen failed to dispose of 37 cases within 24 months; delayed the resolution of cases pending before him as chairperson of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET); and failed to file his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for a total of 15 years during his stint at the University of the Philippines.
The lawmakers raised that the grounds of Cordevilla’s complaint lacked sufficiency in form as these are founded on hearsay and published news articles. They also noted that the documents submitted by the complainant to the panel were not authenticated nor certified as true copies.
Rule II, Section 3 of the chamber’s Rules of Procedure in Impeachment Proceedings states that: “An impeachment complaint is verified by an affidavit that the complainant has read the complaint and that the allegations therein are true and correct of his personal knowledge or based on authentic records.”