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DOJ files 3 cases versus de Lima


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.

PREPARED FOR WORST- Senator Leila De Lima talks to media during an ambush interview regarding the impending release of a warrant of arrest issued to her by Department of Justice at Senate on Monday, February 13, 2017. Photo by Jansen Romero

[FILE] PREPARED FOR WORST- Senator Leila De Lima talks to media during an ambush interview regarding the impending release of a warrant of arrest issued to her by Department of Justice at Senate on Monday, February 13, 2017. Photo by Jansen Romero

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.

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  • Defender

    Peluka boy Aguirre seems so aggressive building cases against senator De Lima pursuant to DuDirty personal tirade. Criminal charges as allegation incriminating De Lima with jailed drug lords in BNP under direct term could have been under graft and corruption where Ombudsman has the authority to presecute against erring public officials. Imagine a designated DOJ secretary not officially confirmed yet by the senate CA is acting as if he is officially confirmed but undermining the rule of law. In the past public disclosures all of those drug lords, Espinosa and his driver Dayan were forced to testify against senator De Lima in senate hearing where all statement are well scripted. These so called criminal charges allegation should have been debated and decided first by senate committee on Ethics or Justice Committee but to DuDirty style of power play since his minions controlled the senate all rules and protocols were ignored.

  • Man_e

    Well let the people know the real score…let it go and move on..

  • sunny

    its not graft and corruption more than that in my opinion more serious than graft and corruption it involves the lives of pilipino peoples who is being thrown to the lions to become a victim of drugs and ruined thier life forever in the names of being greedy towards money and power that thosed people who are involves should be the protector of the laws and its people but its other way around they become the coddler of criminals and protector what a shame!

  • sunny

    bitay na yan para hwag ng pamarisan ng iba pa dyan para masabi na we mean business~

    • bluestar777

      Huwag naman. Tayo ay mayrun din ng puso.
      Maawa din tayo. Pero mga 40 to 50 years sentence
      Hindi na yan maka-labas ng buhay. Maliban lang kung aabot o humigit pa siya ng 100 years old
      Kung sa akin lang, tama na sa akin na MAKULONG siya.
      Wala naman siyang PINATAY na tao dahil dito. PERA lang ang DAHILAN nito

      At saka pala, hindi namang Pera ng Gobyerno ang na-tanggap o tinanggap niya.
      BRIBE MONEY lang galing sa drug business. Samakatuwid.
      Walang NAWALAng pera ang Gobyerno dahil dito.

  • bluestar777

    Ma’am, enough of your pantomime of Lies and Denials.
    Sa presinto ka na lang mag-PA