New SC Justice Leonen to handle Arroyo plea vs plunder case



Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Newly appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen will hand the petition filed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that sought to dismiss the P366-million plunder case filed against her in connection with the mishandling of intelligence funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Leonen is the third justice assigned to handle the petition filed by Mrs. Arroyo, now a lawmaker from Pampanga.

Last month, Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta inhibited from handling the case because he is related to a lawyer of one of Arroyo’s co-accused.

Then, the case was assigned to Associate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe who included the case from those that she has unloaded.

Under Section 10 of the Internal Rules of the Supreme Court, the average caseload of each member of the high court shall be determined by dividing the total number of pending cases of all 15 members by 15. The newly appointed member shall inherit the caseload of the member being replaced and to make equal the number of cases being handled by each member, there will be an unloading of cases by the more senior justices.

At the same time, the high court has consolidated the petitions filed by Arroyo to similar petitions filed by her co accused The high court decided to consolidate the petitions of Arroyo, Raymundo Roquero, and another accused, Nilda Plaras.

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  • Ronald Diaz

    Ikulong si GMA huwag hayaang makatakas yan magnanakaw na yan..ibilanggo yan sa Munti..

    • Bert

      the way it should be, no special treatment, but first prove her guilt…..

  • sigena

    utang loob kay aquino sigurado guilty na agad

  • Patrick Bryan Tesoro

    Let’s see how this newbie will decide and explain his decision.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Noynoy’s Vendetta and Outlandish Cases against Our Lady of VMMC:

    OWWA Fund Scam             =  Dismissed for sheer lack of merit
    Malampaya Funds Mess     =  Dismissed for lack of connection to GMA
    PCSO Plunder Case           =  Soon to be dismissed for sheer lack of merit
    Electoral Sabotage 2004    =  Soon to be dismissed for sheer lack of merit
    Aman Futures Scam            =  Dismissed for sheer lack of merit
    Supertyphoon Pablo            =  Dismissed by SC, GMA has no control over storms
    Murder of Jesse Robredo   =  Dismissed by SC, GMA has no control over Jesse’s plane
    Okada Lobby Fund Scam   =  GMA cleared, Naguiat & wife implicated & later convicted
    Corruption Index Scam        =  Dismissed by SC, GMA has no control over Transparency Int’l

    Heaven will never let Noynoy put a nice little girl down. We love you GMA!

    • Dlanor Noredlac

      wow ha.big fan ka ni CGMA ha..mgsama kau sa hospital

    • Ding

      Wala pa bang nadi-dismiss dahil sa innocence?

    • blainz

      Pablo? Robredo? Transparency International?

      You forgot the kitchen sink for added laughs. But if you really want an exhaustive list, I’m sure ztefertilizer would be happy to provide you with a veeeeerrrrrrryyyy long one.

      Nice touch with the “Our Lady of VMMC”. A life-sized statue of that lady will make a great garden gnome for target practice among the golfers there.

    • Benjamin

      mukhang wala ka sarile totoy…ano ba ang tinira mo ? sinagad mo yata ang pagsinghot sa kuyukot ng amo mong pandakekok kaya ka napraning…

  • regd

    I’m guessing Justice Leonen’s decision will be akin to a truce. And then the midget still goes to prison. The titanic is more salvageable than macapal arrobos reputation.

  • wakats

    The assignment of newly-appointed AJ Marvic Leonen to handle gma’s consolidated petitions may be regarded as a bad sign for the pandak as Justice Leonen is viewed as naturally beholden to the appointing authority.

    But many experts say it’s not so as Marvic Leonen at 49, the youngest ever to be appointed to the high court, has impressive credentials – former dean of UP College of Law who received his Master of Laws from the Columbia University in New York, is known for his independence of mind and a veteran and persuasive negotiator with the MILF. 

    Gma’s petitions must be resolved immediately and everybody is waiting how the new Associate Justice’s first significant case will be written, scrutinized and voted by his senior peers.    

  • RyanE

    Hehehe.. parang minamalas yata si Mrs. Arroyo at kay AJ Leonen pa napunta kaso niya..

  • Jon

    Pagkakataong makapag sukli ng utang na loob.
    Remember to follow the master’s orders bantay. 

  • louie

    i think AJ Leonen will exercise fairness with this case.

  • blainz

    With luck like that, expect “Our Lady of VMMC” [thanks EE!] to manifest yet another apparition of a medical crisis while seated on the throne of the unholy Houdini wheelchair.

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Who is the Mastermind?(LOLONG)

    Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada’s Universal Entertainment (Universal) had paid as much as $30 million to a former Pagcor consultant in 2010 received by Rodolfo Soriano, a former Pagcor consultant and purported Genuino bagman.

  • Your_King

    The SC is scared to handle the Arroyo case because they know that if they handle it they will have no choice to junk the case because they all know that that case is junk. However, they are all scared that Aquino will impeach them or attack them somehow if they decide to junk the junk and weak case. So it looks like Aquino appointed his Justice to be the one to handle this case so Aquino can get what he wants. Sneaky Aquino.

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