3 CA justices inhibit from de Lima case


LIKE a hot potato.

Three justices of the Court of Appeals have inhibited themselves from handling a petition by Sen. Leila de Lima to halt the Department of Justice (DOJ) from pursuing drug trafficking cases against her.

The case was first raffled off to Associate Justice Danton Bueser after it was filed last January 23.

But Bueser, a representative of Laguna before joining the court in 2009, is a former member of the erstwhile ruling Liberal Party that drafted de Lima for the May 2016 senatorial election.

The case then went to Associate Justice Jose Reyes last January 30, who also turned it down. The following day, it went to Associate Justice Aurora Jane Lantion, who inhibited herself because she is a relative of one of the lawyers in the case.

The case is now with Associate Justice Nina Antonio Valenzuela of the court’s Sixth Division, headed by Associate Justice Fernanda Lampas-Peralta.

De Lima had filed a 46-page petition for prohibition and certiorari, arguing that the DOJ has no jurisdiction over her cases and that only the Office of the Ombudsman has sole jurisdiction over offenses committed by public officials.

De Lima is facing drug trafficking charges before the DOJ in connection with her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison.

She was charged before the DOJ in October 2016 by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption and former National Bureau of Investigation deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala.

De Lima noted that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd himself had admitted that the cases would still be forwarded to the Ombudsman. De Lima wants the court to issue a temporary restraining order or writ of preliminary injunction to stop the proceedings before the DOJ.


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  1. It will be interesting how Justice Nina Antonio Valenzuela will decide this case. I wait with bated breath!

  2. When De lima was the DOJ secretary pwede yun but now she’s no longer the secretary and facing several charges hindi na pwede yung ganon. Gusto ni De lima sa Ombudman kasi kakampi nya si Omb. Conchita Morales. Omb. Conchita Morales should be IMPEACHED so that this horny bitch can be put to jail ASAP. Ang dami ng kasalanan sa bayan ng babae na yan pero up to now malaya pa rin.

  3. I think at the end she will kill just her self if she cant do juggling anymore. Because a thick-skin person
    can not accept own failure & defeat.

  4. The Great Defiant on

    DeLima will use every political acrobats to avoid jail….
    frailties of a devil woman in action..

    • Science cannot fully explain the seesawing occurrences of human discomforts like the presence of mosquitoes or lengthy rains devastating farmers’ crops. One explanation is man himself by his unknown power, ignorantly creates the discomfort being felt instantly or sometime delayed in the future. Judging down will not give you a high. Look the other way if you must, to ensure you do not hit your own butt by the tail end of your whip.