No more @marvicleonen?
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Will newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen still be active in the Twitter universe after being named to the High Tribunal?
On Thursday morning, November 22, in what could be his last tweet, @marvicleonen wrote: "Justice is the result of human sensitivity, intellectual rigor and an abiding faith that we can collectively learn from our histories." Then he wrote: "Thank you."
President Benigno Aquino III appointed Leonen to the SC on Wednesday, November 21. Leonen earlier told the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that he would stay out of social media if and when he's appointed to the SC. The JBC interviewed him after he was nominated to the post.
The second youngest justice to be named in the High Court after the late Justice Manuel Moran (Moran was 45, Leonen is 49) Leonen is -- or was -- active on Twitter and Facebook.
In fact, his appointment to the SC on Wednesday, November 21, was first known via Twitter, through @tonylavs Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña. (Flooded by queries, @tonylavs later deleted his post, saying the public should wait for the official announcement from the Palace).
With over 5,000 followers on Twitter, the former government peace panel chair clarified details about the peace process using the popular micro-blogging site.
Leonen has also skillfully defended -- in more or less 140 characters -- the constitutionality of the Framework Agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which he helped hammer out.
(Veteran lawyer Estelito Mendoza has questioned the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, saying that to implement it, the government has to amend the Constitution. Leonen disagreed with him.)
On Facebook, Leonen used to post his thoughts on the Corona-led Supreme Court, criticizing some of its decisions.
But for now he will have to shut down his Twitter and Facebook accounts, as he promised the JBC. He has also repeatedly said that if appointed to the Court, he would heed the call of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for "dignified silence" in the Court.
Incidentally, Sereno and Leonen occupied the same faculty room at the UP College of Law: Room 201. But he forgot to tweet that! - Rappler.com