Leonen good for peace talks, Supreme Court - Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2012 02:32 PM | Updated as of Nov 09 2012 03:37 AM

MANILA - The Palace thinks that Marvic Leonen can be a good Supreme Court Associate Justice, just as he is a competent peace negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

But Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President has not yet decided if he would appoint Leonen to the High Court.

Lacierda said Leonen’s work as government negotiator is “not yet done” even as he said that other members of the panel are competent to see the peace process through.

“He’s the chief negotiator for the GPH-MILF panel. There is work yet to be done. Remember, there are the annexes that will have to be discussed, specifically wealth-sharing and the normalization. Those things will have to be discussed for the annexes. In that sense, his work is not yet done. We don’t know yet whether the President will let him go. But his name was submitted and the President promised... that he will give all nominees the chance to air their views. So let’s wait and see,” Lacierda said.

Asked in which capacity would Leonen serve the national interest best, Lacierda said:

“He’s competent in both. He’s shown his competence and his adroitness in the negotiations with the MILF 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.”

Lacierda said the President will be “probing on the views” of the candidates as a basis for evaluation.