Friday, November 3, 2017

De Lima asked for a plea to reverse SC decision upholding her arrest

Photo file of Senator Leila De Lima (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - On November 2, detained Senator Leila De Lima has requested the Supreme Court to reverse its decision last October 10 that upholds her arrest on charges of illegal drugs filed against her.

De Lima was charged with multiple illegal drugs complaint by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in February.

The lady senator reiterated her plea for immediate release through a motion for reconsideration. She also asked for nullification of the criminal charges filed against her before the court under the sala of Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa regional trial court.

De Lima was arrested around last week of February and is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center in Camp Crame. While her co-accused, Rafael Marcos Z. Ragos - former officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)- who surrendered, are now committed for detention by the trial court at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila.

Another accused, De Lima’s former driver and alleged lover Ronnie Palisoc Dayan is detained at the Muntinlupa City jail.

The three accused including De Lima were charged with “illegal drug trading in violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Section 5 (sale), in relation to Section 3 (jj) (trading), Section 25 (b), and Section 28, Republic Act No. 9165.”

Aside from the mentioned charges, De Lima reportedly has other two pending cases with two other branches of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court. These three criminal cases were filed by the DOJ on complaints lodged by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) which includes the NBI, former NBI deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala, and also the high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian. 

After her petition last month which was dismissed by the Supreme Court, once again, De Lima is asking for plea to have the previous decision reversed. 

The detained senator claims that out of the nine justices who voted to dismiss her petition, there were only five agreed that crime charged is  Illegal Drug Trading (the original accusation of the DOJ), not Conspiracy to Commit Drug Trading (the subsequent accusation of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

 Source: Manila Bulletin