DE LIMA PLEA TO VOID AR­REST JUNKED BY SC

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - By Dona Z. Pazz­ibugan @dpazz­ibuganINQ

Sen. Leila de Lima would re­main in de­ten­tion af­ter the Supreme Court (SC) de­nied her ap­peal to void the drug-trad­ing charges filed against her.

Ini­tial re­ports af­ter the full court de­lib­er­a­tions on Tues­day said ma­jor­ity of jus­tices voted against De Lima’s plea for re­con­sid­er­a­tion to nul­lify the ar­rest war­rant against her is­sued by Muntinlupa Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Ex­ec­u­tive Judge Juanita Guer­rero.

A copy of the de­ci­sion has not been is­sued as of late af­ter­noon on Tues­day.

De Lima is de­tained at the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice Cus­to­dial Cen­ter in Camp Crame, Que­zon City, since Feb. 23, 2017.

The Depart­ment of Jus­tice had charged De Lima with pre­sid­ing over the il­le­gal drug trade in­side the New Bili­bid Prison when she was jus­tice sec­re­tary from 2010 to 2015.

The se­na­tor had de­nied the charges and cried po­lit­i­cal per­se­cu­tion.

She had ar­gued be­fore the Supreme Court that it was the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man and not the RTC which has ju­ris­dic­tion over her case since she was ac­cused of us­ing her po­si­tion as jus­tice sec­re­tary to profit from the drug trade.

The high court, on Oct. 10, 2017, dis­missed De Lima’s pe­ti­tion to nul­lify her ar­rest. She filed a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion which was also re­jected.

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