By Jeffrey Damicog and MB Online
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed three criminal cases against Sen. Leila de Lima in relation to her links to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade.The cases were filed before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on Friday afternoon, February 17, the DZMM TeleRadyo reported.
De Lima said in a statement that her lawyers will be “filing the corresponding motions as soon as the cases are raffled to a specific branch.”
The senator shared she has long expected “to be the first political prisoner under his [Duterte] regime.”
Despite this, the senator remained firm on her stand and expressed courage in facing her “looming imprisonment.”
“We will continue to fight this battle and wage our own war for the human rights and democracy,” De Lima said.
Earlier, the Court of Appeals (CA) has refused to issue just a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from prosecuting the Senator over allegations of her involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the NBP.
The CA Special Sixth Division has issued a three-page resolution dated February 10 which “denies the prayer for issuance of of an injunctive writ (temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction” that was sought by the lawmaker.
In the meantime, the appelate court required the DOJ prosecutors handling the case and the complainants who filed the complaints against her to submit their comment on the petition of de Lima within 10 days from receipt of the resolution.
On the other hand, the CA also required de Lima to respond to the comments within 10 days from receipt.
In its resolution, the appelate court pointed out that de Lima should show “the right to be protected exists prima facie” and “the acts sought to be enjoined are violative of that right.”
“Mere allegations of the existence of the above-named requisites, absent of proof, cannot be the basis for the issuance of an injunctive writ,” read the resolution penned by Associate Justice Nina Antonio-Valenuela and Associate Justices Romeo Barza and Edwin Sorongon.