Leonen: SC appointment won't derail peace talks

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2012 08:51 PM | Updated as of Oct 26 2012 04:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Marvic Leonen, the government's chief negotiator in peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said the peace negotiations will not be derailed should he be appointed to the Supreme Court.

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) asked Leonen during his public interview as candidate to the judicial post on Thursday if he would be better off to pursue the peace agreement's completion.

Leonen said there are many others who made the recent signing of the preliminary framework agreement possible.

“I would be less than the best chair of that institution if we did not able to develop other capable individuals... If I made myself too indispensable, it's because the chair [of the government panel] is a public face but the agreement is a collective effort,” he said.

“Looking at the task ahead, I am clear enough to say that there can be somebody else that would assist in the implementation of the agreement," he added.

Leonen, who also served at the University of the Philippines Diliman as its Law Dean, made the inking of the framework agreement possible within the second year of the Aquino administration.

If appointed to the Supreme Court, he will take over the Associate Justice post vacated by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.