UP College of Law Dean Marvic Leonen tenders resignation due to plagiarism issue

Marvic Leonen, dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law, tendered his resignation yesterday due to a plagiarism issue, reports GMANews.tv. Leonen offered his resignation to UP Diliman Chancellor Sergio Cao after the former received a letter dated December 4 from lawyers’ group Philippine Social Justice Foundation (Philjust). In the letter, the group alleged that Leonen "used original source material without attribution" in an article he wrote for the Journal of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2004.

"Ideas" Leonen included in the article were allegedly from Owen Lynch, an American law professor in UP. Leonen’s lawyer Raffy Aquino said Lynch "sees no intellectual dishonesty in what happened, no plagiarism in the article."

Still, Leonen offered his resignation because he "acknowledges that he inadvertently failed to acknowledge (Lynch and) he does not want to take advantage of him," Aquino told GMANews.tv. "(He wants) to protect the deanship."

In August, Leonen was among the 37 UP law professors who called for the resignation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo for allegedly plagiarizing parts of his ruling on comfort women.

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