SC appointment won’t derail MIILF peace deal, says Leonen


MANILA, Philippines — Government Peace Panel Chief Negotiator Marvic Leonen assured that the peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) won’t be derailed if ever he would  be appointed as associate justice of the Supreme Court.

During his interview with members of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) Thursday, Leonen was asked if it would be better for him to pursue the peace agreement towards its completion.

“I would be less than the best chair of that institution if we were not able to develop other capable individuals,” Leonen said, adding that aside from him, there are other people who have been instrumental in coming up with the peace pact.

Leonen was credited for crafting the framework peace agreement between the Aquino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. He has been the head of the peace panel since 2010.

“If I made myself too indispensable, it’s because the chair (of the peace panel) is a public face but the [peace agreement] is a collective effort,” Leonen added.

Leonen said he was nominated for the position as associate justice of the Supreme Court before crafting framework agreement.

“Looking at the task ahead, I am clear enough to say that there can be somebody else that would assist in the implementation of the agreement,” he added.

The associate justice post at the Supreme Court became vacant with the appointment of Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.

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  • Commentator

    I think this will be a conflict of interest for Leonen because in the end the supreme court will decide on the constitutionality of the agreement and his vote will be seen as bias for what he signed.

    • wazzup wazzup

      @dprotector:disqus  Uhm, there is what we call inhibition, you know…

  • Albert Einstien

    he is good, he gave all the MILF  wants even  though UNCONSTITUTIONAL because  he knows it will NEVER be implemented… the supreme court will stop it…at least SC justice na sya non at tapos na election non……..NAISAHAN nila mga kausap nila….lol 

    • Mamang Pulis

      nakita mo rin pala genius

  • pangitbudhiko

    “”””the die is cast”””
    abnoy will not be prosecuted after he leaves the presidency.

  • Bright

    I hope this guy knows what he is doing. Treason is a high crime. 

  • Stuubs

    A Malaysian agent to the supreme court !

  • 12JEM

    We support you, as SC Associate Justice or Chief Peace Negotiator.

  • Marlon

    Napaka-presumptious naman nitong si Leonen. hinde pa nga na-appoint, akala mo assured na.

  • Guest

    naglalaway si leonen maging associate justice. may ibig sabihin.

  • lolgamer

    he should be convicted of high treason for giving up our lands to rebels… or dapat sa kanya e pa tira sa Cotabato city or sa Isabela city o sa Lamitan. Dapat dalhin nya pamilya nya doon.

    • kismaytami

      Rebels ka riyan… Terorists kamo! Ilang inosente na ang pinatay ng mga yan sa pambobomba?

    • sapphirelim

      naunsa ka lolgamer? siguro if given the chance na makatira si Leonen sa Cotabato City, di sya magsisisi. Fresh fishes, alimango at hipon,  fruits, vegetables, ano pa hanapin mo… or i will invite you to stay with us… at post ka uli dito to tell your experience…

      • ibyok

        like ko yan bro…can u invite ma also?

      • sapphirelim

        sure datu ibyok anytime… hindi kaparusahan ang tumira sa Cotabato City kundi paradise, you wouldn’t understand what I mean unless you live here man, with us… 

  • ibyok

    ..if ever naman pala eh… kayo talaga, akala ko in-appoint na..

  • 444mangyan888

    After Leonen, we hope to see Dean Diokno in the SC.
    Maybe we can start to trust that institution again…

    • jgl41456

       you are absolutely correct there and may I add that we still have to weed out those justices who voted fro the midnight appointment of Corona because they are intellectual midgets unworthy of the lofty position at the SC!

  • salomeahmad

    Lomein in earlier press releases indicated that in the Bangsa Moro state, entity or whatever, sharia  law/courts will apply if you are a muslim. What if the litigants are of various ethnic or  religious groups? Can Lomein unequivocally say they can get a fair trial? I wish this was one of the questions asked by the JBC of the bookish / classroom oriented nominee whose accommodation is politically motivated by Malacanang.

  • disqusted0fu

    Leonen is talking as if its a certainty already. he was nominated before the crafting of the framework agreement but crafting it in the liking of the president could seal the deal and guarantee him the position. the agreement is just the framework so far, theres barely anything inside it. finish what you started first before moving on. this has been a trend in this administration. its most of the time just up to the initial stages then move on and create another hot topic.

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