Feb 3, 2021 @ 11:18
Fierce o Fears: Marvic Leonen trends after Anti-Terror oral arguments
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen trends online after his polarizing way of interpellation during the Anti-Terrorism Law oral arguments.
The abogado has been the subject of praise and scrutiny, dividing people whether he is for or against the petitioners.
While discussing the bill of rights, Leonen reverted back to ask the petitioner’s counsel if indeed the President is concerned with the Bill of Rights. When he responded affirmatively, the abogado asked, “Really?”
justice leonen: “the president is concerned about the bill of rights?”
atty. molo: “yes, your honor”
justice leonen: “REALLY???”
— Jerard (@tomandjerard) February 2, 2021
The back and forth between Leonen and abogado Alfredo Molo III was truly notable. Early on the oral arguments, the abogado denied Molo the chance to answer a question he has not asked yet.
Atty. Molo: If I may answer the question, your honor..
Justice Leonen: But there is no question yet.
SHEEEEMS GANITO AKO SA RECIT HAHAHHA lol pic.twitter.com/NFyjuGdBsC
— 🏛 ᜀ ᜃᜓ ᜐᜒ ᜇ᜔ᜌᜓᜈ᜔ 🏛 (@iam_jniest) February 2, 2021
Oro Youth Chair Tonton Neri also hyped up the next few sessions with Solicitor General Jose Calida. The abogado said that it will be interesting to see how they will interact.
I can’t wait to hear the sparring match between. J. Leonen and Sol Gen Calida.
— #EqualUnderLaw (@tontonneri) February 2, 2021
However, not everyone was crazy about the line of questioning Leonen took. One said that the Justice is look for actual controversy to justify the unconstitutionality case. He stated that this might become another Falcis vs. Civil Registrar-General case.
Justice Leonen emphasizing the presence of an actual, justiciable controversy for the SC to give due course to the petitions worries me that this will become another instance of Falcis III v Civil Registrar-General uhm #AntiTerrorLawOralArguments
— vher. (@vhercm) February 2, 2021
Falcis also commented and struck back those expressing hope on how Leonen is behaving. The abogado used the opinion penned by the Cybercrime Law that follows the same logic he might apply to this case.
For anyone praising Justice Leonen’s questioning yesterday on the issue of an actual case and the power of judicial review, I present to you Justice Leonen’s opinion in the case of Disini vs SOJ involving the Anti Cybercrime Act. pic.twitter.com/rjfPDtSX6O
— Jesus Falcis ☀️🐰🌈 (@jesusfalcis) February 2, 2021
No actual until decision is made!