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De Lima’s arraignment deferred

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By Jonathan Hicap

Two Muntinlupa City courts on Friday deferred anew the arraignment of detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima, who is facing three cases related to illegal drugs.

De Lima Defiant — Senator Leila de Lima is escorted by police as she appears before the Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 in Quezon City, where she refused to enter a plea in one of the cases filed against her by the Department of Justice. (Jay Ganzon|Manila Bulletin)

Senator Leila de Lima is escorted by police as she appears before the Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 in Quezon City. (Jay Ganzon|Manila Bulletin File Photo)

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 206 decided to reset De Lima’s arraignments to Aug. 10 and June 22, respectively.

Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz deferred the arraignment as she has yet to decide on the pending motion for reconsideration filed by De Lima camp against the prosecution’s amended information that changed the case from illegal drug trading to conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.

Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206 also reset the arraignment after she denied the defense’s motion for reconsideration against the amended information, prompting the De Lima camp to file a motion to quash.

Meanwhile, Judge Fabros-Corpuz gave the prosecution panel five days to comment on the motion for furlough filed by De Lima, who wants to attend the graduation rites of her youngest son from law school.

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