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FALSE: Congressman Marcoleta files complaint against Justice Leonen

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FALSE: Congressman Marcoleta files complaint against Justice Leonen
The video cited a report that pertained to a resolution co-authored by SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta, seeking an inquiry into the implementation of SALN laws.
At a glance
  • Claim: SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta filed a complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: Marcoleta did not file a complaint against Leonen. The report cited by the video pertained to a resolution co-authored by Marcoleta, seeking an inquiry into the implementation of SALN laws.
  • Why we fact-checked this: The video making the false claim has gained 42,300 views, as of writing.
Complete details

A video uploaded by YouTube channel “Showbiz Fanaticz” on May 19, 2021, claimed that SAGIP Representative Rodante Marcoleta filed a complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen.

The video was entitled “ITO ANG NAKAKAGULAT: MARCOLETA SINAMPAHAN ng KASO si LEONEN dahil sa NAKAKALULANG KAYAMANAN NITO!!” (This is shocking: Marcoleta files complaint against Leonen over his overwhelming wealth!)

Opisyal nang nagsampa ng reklamo si Representative Marcoleta laban sa isa sa pinakakontrobersyal na judges na si [Marvic] Leonen. Ito ang balitang inilabas mismo ng Manila Standard kung saan ay kinumpirma mismo ng ilang mga sources na si Representative Marcoleta mismo ang tutugon sa lahat ng reklamo ng mga lawyers at kongresista patungkol sa tila diumano’y mabagal na pag-usad ng mga kaso na hawak ng isang judges na si [Marvic] Leonen,” the video said.

(Representative Marcoleta officially filed a complaint against Marvic Leonen, who is one of the most controversial judges. This was reported by Manila Standard, wherein sources confirmed Representative Marcoleta would be responding to all complaints by lawyers and congressmen on the delay of resolution of cases under Leonen.)

The video has gained 42,300 views, as of writing.

This claim is false. 

Marcoleta co-authored a resolution seeking an inquiry into the implementation of laws on the filing Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), not a complaint against Leonen.

The video cited a Manila Standard report entitled “Solons seek inquiry on SALN laws.” The report was published on December 2, 2020, and it was about a resolution filed by Marcoleta and Anakalusugan Representative Michael Defensor, seeking congressional inquiry into the implementation of existing laws on the filing of the SALN by government officials and employees.

It was filed after the Supreme Court en banc unanimously denied in September 2020 a request by lawyer Larry Gadon and the Office of the Solicitor General to obtain the SALN of Leonen. The High Court upheld the rejection in November 2020.

The same article tackled Leonen’s denial of a report claiming he requested an almost P5-million renovation of the cottage designated to him at the Supreme Court compound in Baguio City, but did not link this to the resolution filed by Defensor and Marcoleta.

Meanwhile, Leonen is facing an impeachment complaint that was referred to the House committee on justice on May 18. Marcoleta referred the complaint during the plenary session.

The complaint was filed by Edwin Cordevilla, who identified himself as secretary-general of Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government, and was endorsed by Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Angelo Marcos Barba, cousin of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Among the complaint’s grounds is Leonen’s alleged missing SALNs from his time as a University of the Philippines College of Law professor.

The committee will begin hearing the complaint on May 27.

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