Court defers de Lima arraignment

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The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court deferred the arraignment of Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday after the Department of Justice moved to revise the complaint filed against her.

Prosecutors asked Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court branch 206 Judge Patria Manalastas-de Leon to change the charge from illegal drug trading to conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.

De Lima’s camp also appealed the court’s decision on their motion to dismiss the arrest warrant against the senator.

Manalastas-de Leon gave both parties 15 days to comment on the pleadings.


De Lima and former Bureau of Corrections Director Franklin Bucayu, inmate Jaybee Sebastian, Wilfredo Elli, a certain Jose Dera, and De Lima’s former aides and alleged bagmen, Joenel Sanchez and Ronnie Dayan were accused of selling or trading illegal drugs inside the national penitentiary.

The senator is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

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