Aquino names Leonen as new SC justice



President Benigno Aquino III administers the oath of office of the newly appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Marvic Leonen at the President’s Hall at Malacañang on Wednesday. PHOTO/ MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday appointed government’s chief peace negotiator Marvic Leonen as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

With his appointment, Leonen has become the youngest member of the high tribunal this century. Leonen will be turning 50 on December 29.

Before Leonen, the youngest to be appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court was Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. She was 50 when she joined the high court in 2010. Sereno was born in 1960.

Leonen will fill the position vacated by Sereno after she was appointed Chief Justice last August.

He 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.

Prior to his stint as head of the Philippine peace panel, Leonen served as dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law.

Leonen graduated magna cum laude from the UP School of Economics in 1983 and obtained his law degree in the same state university in 1987. He became a member of the Bar when he signed the Roll of Attorneys on May 28, 1988.

Leonen also co-founded the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center Inc.-Kasama sa Kalikasan, a legal and policy research and advocacy institution focusing on giving legal services to the poor and indigenous communities.

Leonen will stay at the Supreme Court for 20 years or up to 2032.

He is the 172nd Justice of the Supreme Court and the second youngest in the history of the Supreme Court to be appointed Associate Justice under the age of 50. The youngest was the late Chief Justice Manuel Moran who was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 1938 at age 45.

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  • marionics

    he he puro peyups ang appointee

    • Ermino

      sorry sa abala, ano yung peyups?

      • ryan


      • marionics

        no problem. pero may sumagot na sa iyo e. UP chong. UP Law to be exact.

      • Dave Harper

        “UP Law to be exact”??

      • JuanTamadachi

        U.P. College of Law..

    • Kamatis Tomato

      So KKK and Peyups na ba? Glad I belong to both schools. 

      • marionics

        he he i don’t really know kung kabarilan o kaibigan si marvic pero i’m sure hindi siya kaklase he he. but i guess you should know if you say na KKK ka din he he

    • JuanTamadachi

      yup from U.P. beloved thou alma mater dear..

  • mumbaki ak

    hooray for the choice! more decent people into the government please.

    • mumbaki ak

      i hope supreme court justice marvic leonen advances the rights of IPs and the environment in the body as he does elsewhere. i hope he leads the traditional folks up there to more IP and environment-friendly decisions and actions.

  • Nagagalitna

    Thats good yong may mga puso para sa bayan ang ilagay.

  • carlorocci


  • Ermino

    Congratulations!!! You deserve it.

  • Albin

    another “yes sir” vote for penoy.

    • marionics

      uy you’re the first he he

    • mumbaki ak

      si talangka bumubuka na naman ang dila
      dilang puno ng basura
      basurang galing sa pera
      perang mula sa mga kinawawa

      • Fred Mil

         o di kaya mangmang lang sya

    • haybuhay69

      kung ikaw ba presidente iaappoint mo yung di mo kilala? syempre yung kilala mo
      Or mag aappoint ka ba galing sa kalabang partido? cyempre hindi
      Common sense lang yan.

  • Pablo Juan

    Wow congratulations!

  • Primus Inter Igorots

    Good choice!

  • regd

    Numbers still not balance. There are still 11 gma puppets in there.

  • basilionisisa

    impressive resume! Congratulations, new AJ Marvic Leonen!

    could be useful in the Cabinet too, but the SC really needs truly honest action men, so well done, Mr President on the appointment. Mr Leonen will serve long after you’ve finished your term and continue your campaign for a clean Supreme Court. 

  • RyanE

    Congratulations to AJ Marvic Leonen! Now there is someone in the SC who will defend the peace agreement.

    Btw, AJ Leonen will be now seeing face to face the justices who sanctioned him during the plagiarism issue against AJ del Castillo.. hehehe

    • marionics

      i guess wala na yun. you can’t be too petty pag nandiyan ka na sa level na yan he he

  • Mang Teban

    Obvious, ba?

  • droccu

    Good choice Pnoy…

  • Marlon

    baliw na Presidente… baliw na Chief Justice… baliw na naman!!!

    God save the Philippines!!!

    • marionics

      no. 2

    • Jojo Aquino

      tsk tsk tsk .. another bitter mankind. 


       at isang baliw na tulad mo,…

    • saktolang

      at ikaw lang marlon ang matino dito sa mundo

    • observer1356

      kung ang sa ‘yo ihahambing ang “matino” at papipiliin ako, doon na ako sa mga sinasabi mong “baliw”, at ibabaon ko ang mga katulad mong “matitino”… ibabaon sa limot

  • dianne castro

    very deserving…..

  • Jojo Aquino

    Congrats AJ M.leonen..!

  • pobre0000

    i think everybody is expecting this.

    • Pio Gante

      kaya nga why do they have to do a mala-sarzuela  selection process when somebody’s already been chosen beforehand.

  • Albert Einstien

    he he naisahan nila pnoy ang  milf…wala na silbi yang framework ngayon…problema  ngaon yang backlash…congrats to new aj…now you can be INDEPENDENT sir…

    • Jojo Aquino

      stupid mind… tsk tsk ts

  • Bad_Ong

    as expected but not a bad choice after all.

  • Alleah

    another YELLOW ZOMBY appointed to the already Decaying Supremist Court!

  • erwingeli

    Good choice!

  • Coolegleg

    An excellent choice! Best choice of PNoy so far…..

    • JuanTamadachi

      I agree..

  • carol

    I just learned that the presidente works M-F 9-5.
    Kung walang trabaho, uwian na ng 4:00PM.
    Sa dami ng problema ng bansa, 9-5 lang magtrabaho si PNoy? Ah, oo nga pala, tayo ang boss niya, siya ay isang empleyado natin..

    • Flavio

       huh ??

    • Pedro

      may lunch at yosi break pa sya ng 12 noon to 2 pm…

    • stupefied

      I find this comment irrelevant and stupid. I am very sorry.

      • fuctore

        So that’s how you got your name.
        No wonder…

    • Jojo Aquino

      tsk tsk tsk tsk . another stupid thinking.

      • fuctore

        Another Aquino?

  • Mabuhay


  • eltee mulawin

    tuloy pa rin ang teleserye ni Noy2.

  • Malik62

    It’s payback time! Leonen must have assured BS Aquino X3 that he will vote in favor of the P 2M per ha just compensation for Hda. Luisita.

    • Jojo Aquino

      tsk tsk tsk another paid blogger?

      • Ciano

        tsk tsk tsk another paid blogger too…shame on you,whaaaaa!!!!

    • Fight D Bigots

      Leonen has long been working for various social causes free of charge. I do not doubt his integrity.

    • Barak_O

      must have



      lugi si jose pidal sayo

  • Handiong

    The President has the constitutional prerogative to appoint anybody he chooses from among those nominated by the JBC, PERIOD! 

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “He became a member of the Bar when he signed the Roll of Attorneys on May 28, 1988.”

    Mr. Corona, reportedly, merely affixed his right-thumb mark on the same Roll.

    Congratulations Mr. Atty. Dean Peace Negotiator Marvic Leonen!  Please try hard to bring peace too to the Supreme Court.  A just and speedy one, with no strings attached.
    – – – – –

    Sir, Mr. Justice, many of my friends think your name is a girl’s name. Being a student of ancient extinct languages like Latin, Aramaic and Ilocano, I had to explain to them that, on the contrary, your name stems from the  Latin name “Marius” which means manly, derived from Mars, the Roman God of War.  But I tell them that God or Goddess of War, the important thing is you have been fighting for peace!  Just a little trivia. Again, Congratulations!

  • Alleah

    kakatuwa naman dito, naglitawan ang mga YELLOW ZOMBIES!! pretending na ‘magaling ang ABNOY na leader nila, waaahhh…

  • Guest

    In Aquino’s term, he can appoint one justice (assuming nothing happens to the currently sitting judges):

    – Robert Abad will retire May 22, 2014

    For sure, he will have to look for replacement of Abad, in one and a half year.
    As regards to Villarama, he will retire  April 14, 2016, relatively close to election 2016, so I don’t think, Aquino can still replace Villarama.

    All in all, the SC is technically still an “Arroyo-Court” if you consider that 11 out of 15 were appointed by Arroyo. 

  • Jim De Garman

    congratulation Sir AJ Marvic least we have a competent Associate Justice to rely on, he is an excellent choice a brilliant lawyer.

  • Kamoteng_Dilaw


    • Jojo Aquino

      kitid nmn ng utak mo… bitter ka pa rin hanggang ngayon.. move on. hahahah

      • Kamoteng_Dilaw


    • Jessie

      Anong pinamigay sa Moro? Ang buong Mindanao ay lupain ng mga Muslim mulat sapul pa. Binalik nya lang ang ilang bahagi, dapat nga buong Mindanao e.

      • Kamoteng_Dilaw


      • Jhune

        Ah.. si ERAP ayan ang guto kung presidente para tumaas ang palit ng dollar namin

      • Jezzrel

        eh bat di rin nila ipamigay ang maynila at rest ng luzon? Lupain ng mga Muslim yan mulat sapul..

      • The Overlord

        Ows! Never naging pagmamay-ari ng mga hinayupak at letseng Muslim na yan ang buong Mindanao no! Katiting lang ng Mindanao ang nasa kanila. Tanungin mo nga ang mga taga Zambo and Davao kung majority sa kanila Muslim. Tsaka sino ba gusto ma-associate sa mga gagong Muslim na yan in the first place? Ayokong mag worship sa isang pedophile na si Muhammad no!

    • scorpio15

      Meron bang kasamang posporo igan? Buti ka pa igan hindi ka ogag. Ano ngayon ang gagawin ng mga senior justices kung mag-alburuto sila. Susunugin ang building ng supreme court???

      • Kamoteng_Dilaw

         sabi saken hindi raw sunog kundi baha…….baha ng luha. kasi parehong bata yung nilagay sa old boys club. Na bypass na naman mga CA justices who should be by tradition, the one in line to the position.

    • opinyonlangpo

      The land belongs to the indigenous people of any area, those people owe nothing to anybody.

      • Kamoteng_Dilaw

        well they always used that “INDIGENOUS” word. what if an waray, a visayan or any group from luzon for that matter wants to separate from the philippines and wage battle to the government, will they be given a territory? Mabuti kung lahat nga ng tao gusto yung nangyari sa mindanao, in the long run gulo yan.

      • opinyonlangpo

        Still depends on the government, the US gave some rights and priveleges to the American Indians, the Australian government gave the same to the aborigines, why not the Philippines.

    • Barak_O

      ogag talaga

      pero wala kang magawa kahit lagyan pa ng makina ng pison ang wheelchair ni little girl

      buti pa tumuwad ka na lang

      • Kamoteng_Dilaw


      • Marx Louis Wang

         paki-eksplika naman kung ano ang ‘tuwad’ na daan.

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Viva Pilipinas!!!
    Simulan ang pagbabago sa pamamagitan ng pagtalaga ng matitinong tao sa puwesto!!!

    Mabuhay ka PNoy!!!

  • Albert Einstien

    daming yellow zombies….yun iba nk mc book pa….wag nyo patulan ……inutusan yan mga yan ng zomboss…mang-asar……kasi NAPAHIYA sa ASEAN walang nakikinig sa kanya pag nagsasalita sya…nag-papaEPAL pero wala pumapansin….peace….

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Isip mo lang yan… bigyan mo naman ng kaunting dignidag ang bayang sinilangan mo, TRAYDOR KA!!!

    • mumbaki ak

      mahiya ka sa siyentista.wag mo gamitin pangalan nya.bayaran ka ni pandakekak eh!

  • blainz

    Congratulations to SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. I hope your appointment makes a Sureme Court more sensitive to the rights of  indigenous peoples and the poor.

    This can also reduce the legal obstacles hindering peace in Mindanao.

  • KC

    20 years sya sa Supreme Court? Sigurado hindi lang 20x ang increase ng personal wealth nyan kapag nag retire na.

    • Barak_O

      sigurado yan

      may angal ka?

      • basyong

        ang angal ko 20 yrs na yayaman siya at 20 yrs ding didilaan at hihimurin mo ang wet pu niya para 20 yrs ka din yumaman

      • Kamatis Tomato

        If that is true, Corona is guilty. 

      • Barak_O

        blah blah blah blah

        20 years na sasakay sa wheelchair si little girl

        20 years din siyang maghihingalo bwa ha ha ha ha

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Anak ka siguro ni dating Cheap Justice Crown.

  • Pio Gante

    whether we agree or not, in the end it’s the bald yellow president’s choice and there’s nothing we can do but just to deal with it.

  • rickysgreyes

    Congratulations, hope you are able to withstand the evil temptations you will encounter in such a lofty position

  • Ciano

    hindi pa isinilang si Batman alam na ng tao si Leonen na ang maging AJ. abangan!!!

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! naging Joker si Batman!!!!

  • $23257130

    binenta ni leonen at abnoy ang mindanao sa mga malaysians at terorista.. ppppppppppwwwwweeeeehhhhh kadiri. kkk abnoytards

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Talaga? magkano naman, siguro galit ka dahil di ka nabigyan ng balato.

    • Mita

      at binenta mo sarili mo kay pandak.  pppweeeehhhh!!!

      • basyong

        mas mainam na kay pandak kaysa sa mga kapatid mong ganid sa kahahalik ng wet pu ni abnoy hehehehehe

  • Nelson Baguya ii

    Sa mga PAID BLOGGERS NI GMA, Bigyan nio ako ng magandang Resume sa mga previously inapoint ni GMA na mas GAGANDA pa kay SC Leonen? Ano salita kayo?

    • Ciano

      Sa  mga PAID BLOGGERS NI NOYNOY,Bigyan nio ako ng magandang Resume sa mga inapoint ni NOYNOY na mas gaganda pa kay Puno kabarilan,KayPadaca kahit may kaso,Kay Sereno,ilabas na ang psycho exam result.Ano salita kayo?

      • basyong

        another tuta of this abnoy weather lang itabi ninyo yang qualification.its who you know not what you know always and forever.

      • Marx Louis Wang

         Huwag mong ipahalata na tuta ka ni Pandakekak!!!

      • Kamatis Tomato

        Kumpara kay Mikey these people are saints. 

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Madali lang yan… sige, ibigay mo sa akin via this blog ang tunay mong pangalan, address at date of birth (ayaw ko ng damatan na).

  • Katipunerong

    Another plagiarist in the SC. So, that’s why Abnoy did not push through with Del Castillo’s impeachment. He planned to appoint an incompetent plagiarist. When will this madness stop? Filipinos! Wake up! This good for nothing president will not stop until all government institutions are bastardized and ruined. God save the Philippines!

    • Marx Louis Wang

       Huuuuu, kunwari ka pa! Maski yan comment mo kinopya mo lang sa iba. Isa ka ring plagiarist.

      • basyong

        mas maganda namang mangopya ng isinulat nila kaysa mangopya ng litratong hindi naman sa iyo.mag grabe ka bro tapang apog kung magnanakaw ka rin lang ng litrato sana litrato na ni barak o hahahahaha pakain sa mga bwuya ni abnoy

  • Sober_One

    What an achievement! Marvic is one of the brightest students of my batch at the UP School of Economics. When I hired him as a young environmental lawyer sometime in 1990s, his principles and convictions are solid as rock. May God bless you Marvic!

  • bart00001

    Railroaded! Just a day after coming home from Cambodia, PNoy appoints a new justice, and the media is complicit, with no one absolutely no one giving a squeak about an incoming appointment. 

    Surprise, surprise, we have a new justice–very much like what happened in Mindanao–surprise, surprise, we have peace plan.

    How can the government pull out surprises, day after day?

    The media should start doing their jobs–honeymoon with this president is long over! 

    • Pie

      Railroaded? PNoy only has until November 22 to comply with the period provided for in the Constitution within which to make the appointment.

    • mumbaki ak

      hindi ka yata nagbabasa o nakikinig ng balita. 

  • Lloyd

    Pambayad ng UNL.

  • Jasmin

    Leonen will be able to see Del Castillo straight in his eyes when the sit together in en banc sessions? Anyway, HEARTY CONGRATS to DEL CASTILLO. This appointment actually vindicates you!

    • mumbaki ak

      you’re an uninformed person.

  • kilabot

    leonen – a gay lion.
    he sells himself for anybody’s pleasure.
    also a real estate salesman. he just sold mindanao.

  • Bright

    Leonen’s framework in Mindanao is a sell off.  

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Sana ang pagka appoint ni Leonen ay base sa kanya mga achievements at hindi dahil kakampi siya ni pnoy……sana lang………

    • Kamatis Tomato

      The JBC screened and what the President did was pick from the names submitted to him. E kung si FG, Topacio and Lambino ang nashortlist e di wala syang choice. Baka yong basis sa pagpili nya ay kung sino sa tatlo ang may balls.  

    • Ferdinand Lanestosa

      Alangan naman po mag-appoint ang Pangulo ng kawaay nya or di nya kakampi…kahit sino naman di gagawin ang ganun diba?

  • Henry Changcoco

    The appointment of Chief Negotiator Marvic Leonen is a big help to the Judisciary….he is humble and a brilliant person………..”C O N G R A T U L A T I O N”………….S i r

  • 12JEM

    Leonen and Sereno are among the brightest minds we have in the SC.  Very good for the country.

    • noyab

      its only you who believes…..people of the republic think otherwise….hacienda luisita,,,yan ang bottomline…ungas….

      • magcalasL

        he he…sige na naniniwala na kami sa issue mong hacienda luisita…buweset kayo. parati yan na lang issue nyo. the truth is…these people appointed by Pnoy are bright and not CORRUPT. INTIENDE??????

    • $20733759

      Excellent observation… and may I add… certainly the youngest and most trustworthy , vis-a-vis, Arroyo’s appointees.

  • robrano

    Very bright and clever. He just sold Mindanao to rebels and sold this to the people as an achievement. In reality, for giving in to a small minority group of, due to RP law and constitution, criminal rebels which should be meted with lifeterm jail, even the dumbest negotiator could do the same. Saying “yes” to the rebels wishes.

  • lolgamer

    congratulations to the man who gave up mindanao to the rebels

  • lolgamer

    losot na sa supreme court ang bangsamoro country

  • lemon88


  • Jon

    A just reward for the person responsible for letting these criminals off the hook and giving them their own government to boot.
    Mabuhay ang mga KKK.

  • rodben

    sana nga may magbago na sa JUDICIAL SYSTEM NG PINAS like in other rich country there is a court for the poor meaning the judge can arraign and hear the case without lawyers only the complainant and the accused present in the court.

  • txtman




    • mumbaki ak

      lumlaabas na naman sa nabubulok na basura ang mga uod ng lipunan.

  • Mananandata69

    maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw. political gift sa kanya. so what?


    Great appointment! 

    Well done PNoy!

  • kulittwit

    One more seed of lasting judicial reform planted in the supreme court. God speed Justice Leonin.

  • salomeahmad

    Where in the world can you find somebody being rewarded for surrendering  portions of its sovereignty? Only in PI! His appointment is obviously a political payback & is at the expense of the non-Bangsa moro inhabitants of Mindanao.

  • Albert Einstien

    20 years protection for KKK greed & plunder?

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