Leonen accepts SC nomination, but ‘there’s work yet to be done’


Government peace negotiator Marvic Leonen. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

He has accepted a Supreme Court associate justice nomination but as far as Malacañang is concerned lawyer Marvic Leonen is not yet done with his job as the government’s chief negotiator with the Muslim rebels.

The government peace panel that Leonen heads has yet to draft the framework agreement’s annexes on wealth and power sharing, and normalization preparatory to the signing of a final peace agreement, said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

“There is work yet to be done. There are annexes yet to be discussed, specifically wealth sharing and normalization. Those things need to be discussed. In that sense, his work is not yet done. So we don’t know yet whether the President will let him go,” the presidential spokesperson said.

But as promised, President Aquino will interview Leonen and the six other nominees and give them a “chance to air their views,” Lacierda said.

Leonen leads the Judicial and Bar Council’s shortlist of nominees to fill the post vacated by Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno. The list includes De La Salle University law dean Jose Manuel Diokno, former Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla, Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes Jr., and Court of Appeals Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr., Noel Tijam and Rosemari Carandang.

The President has until Nov. 22 to name his choice. As of noon yesterday, Malacañang had not yet received the JBC shortlist.

In the end, it is the President who will decide whom to appoint as Supreme Court associate justice, he said.

“Whether it’s Marvic or the others, he’s going to weigh what will serve the national interest best,” he said.

But Leonen would serve the national interest “competently” whether engaging in peace negotiations or sitting in the judiciary, said Lacierda.

“He’s competent in both. He has shown his competence and his adroitness in the negotiations with the MILF (the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front). And he’s a former dean of the UP College of Law. That gives him the gravitas to also be an associate justice of the Supreme Court. In both cases, he will serve the national interest competently,” he said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6QWT7MQ6LZBOWNHJDFZDRSEWTI Katipunerong

    Walang delicadeza. He was caught plagiarizing and should have resigned as a faculty of the UP College of Law if he had delicadeza. I thought this admnistration does not like plagiarists? They planned to impeach Del Castillo before. Now I know why they did not pushed through with his impeachment. Abnoy wants to appoint another plagiarist. What does leonen have to show for besides selling Mindanao to the muslims? This administration will really not stop until all government institutions are ruined. The SC is already ruined with the appointment of a crazy SC chief. Adding another incompetent fool will only ruin it more!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/WC5IJSKXTZLNM3AV3VGPMM4O7Y ero

      inngit kalang kung sino ka man.

    • 444mangyan888

      hehehe..are you and tiglao one and the same…???
      you sound so much like him…!!!!

  • Mamang Pulis

    ayos na ang buto buto—

    ‘safe’ na ang future ni atty leonen

    pero di po kaya ito ay ‘sagabal’ sa pagiging negosyodor nyo in behalf sa gph/bangsamoro?

    pag nakamit ng MILF/bangsamoro ang minimithi nila–maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw ang pabuya ni atty…sa mga kapatid natin sa bangsamoro

    wag mo kalimutan isama yun ulo ni kato at ng mga unit commander sa al barka sa deal nyo ha….hindi nakakalimot ang mga na traidor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Hindi kaya mas mainam na ma appoint muna sina
    Leonen, Diokno at Lotilla sa Court of Appeals?
    Siguradong madadagdagan ang competence and
    ma improve ang credibility ng Court. 

  • disqusted0fu

    theres definitely a lot of work to still be done. i suggest you start with the president.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    SC agad?
    Ni isang araw sa MTC na pagiging huwes ay wala pang experience itong si Leonen.
    Sampal sa mukha ito sa mga huwes na naghihirap na sumunod sa proseso ng pagigin SC Justice. 

  • Cal_Reznick

    Good luck in the SC where nobody seems to like the new CJ.

    And yes please do start working…the perception of the President not working has even help generate a popular new nickname used for laziness and doing nothing. I’m sure everyone knows by now the nickname that the people gave the President.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    Pnoy patunayan mo na lalaki ka…balikan mo si Grace Lee, pakasalan at anakan agad ng tatlong sunod sunod  para mapawi na ang mga agam agam…..anong connect? 

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