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SC Associate Justice Leonen denies walking out of The Hague event




03:40 PM June 17th, 2013

By: Tetch Torres-Tupas, June 17th, 2013 03:40 PM

Marvic Leonen file photo

MANILA, Philippines—Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen denied reports that he made an “outburst” during the 10th International Judicial Colloquium on Insolvency in The Hague, Netherlands last month.

High Court’s Information Chief Theodore Te, who was authorized by Justice Leonen to speak on the matter, said Monday the report was “totally wrong and there were gross factual inaccuracies in the report.”

Based on the report, Leonen allegedly had an outburst after he was erroneously referred to as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals in the application and registration of documents at the event.

The report said Leonen walked out of the event and boycotted all succeeding conferences.

There was really an error, Te said over the phone, but there was no outburst.

“There was a clerical error in the position attributed to him. It was pointed out by his staff. By the time the conference started, the error has been corrected and that was that. He attended the conference, there was no further issue,” Te said.

“His staff sent an email to the American Bar Association (ABA) and informed them of the error,” Te said adding that it was later on corrected.

He said Justice Leonen attended all sessions except for one because he has a migraine.

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