De Lima drug case raffled off, senator files motion to dismiss

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THE Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Monday raffled off the three separate drug cases filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Sen. Leila de Lima, allowing judges to determine if they will issue an arrest warrant against the lawmaker and her co-accused.

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Senator Leila de Lima confers with colleagues at the Senate session hall. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

The cases went to Muntinlupa RTC branches 204 (Judge Juanita Guerrero), 205 (Amelia Fabros-Corpuz) and 206 (Patria Manalastas-de Leon).

Immediately after the raffle, de Lima filed motions to quash the charges.

The former DOJ chief, a critic of the President’s anti-drug war, is facing non-bailable cases for alleged violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165), which carries a penalty of imprisonment and fine. A DOJ panel of prosecutors indicted de Lima before the Muntinlupa City RTC on Friday.
The Muntinlupa RTC judges will have to determine if the evidence of guilt is strong or not, for de Lima to avail herself of bail. If the evidence of guilt is strong, de Lima will not be allowed to post bail and will be arrested and put in jail.

Aside from arrest warrants, a hold-departure order can be issued to prevent de Lima from leaving the country.
She can also file a motion for the judicial determination of probable cause. If there is probable cause, de Lima will be tried. If there is none, the judge can dismiss the case.

GOOD START Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption pumps his fist after the three criminal complaints against Sen. Leila de Lima were raffled off to three courts in Muntinlupa City. PHOTO BY BOY JOSUE

De Lima’s co-accused in the three cases include her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer in charge Rafael Ragos, Jose Adrian Dera (alleged nephew and close-in security of de Lima), BuCor chief Franklin Bucayu’s former staff Wilfredo Elly, Presidential Security Group member Joenel Sanchez (de Lima’s former security aide), and high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian.

On Sunday, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said the Senate would respect an arrest order against de Lima but cautioned arresting officers against disrupting sessions.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Correction on Monday urged the Senate “not to coddle a suspected and charged illegal drug trader coming from your chamber,” saying “victims of illegal drugs are hurting.”

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3 Comments

  1. Josefa Brombach on

    In the Philippines democracy and constitutional state are not the same.
    Maybe you should call it “democrazy”!
    I suppose that the right to vote should be bound to human maturity, tested by people who
    love the beauty of the goodness.
    I ask myself how is it possible to accept a president with such a poisoned language and
    criminal behaviour.
    Where should this end?

  2. HOY mga RTC mukhang lulutuin na naman ninyo yan kaso ni D5… mahiya naman kayo…

    Ano pang probable cause hahanapin ninyo? Magkano na naman yan inilagay sa bulsa ninyo.

    Sa dami na ng hearing sa senado at mga ebidensya inilabas, bagaman merong kaunting plus-minus (date, amount, place) sa mga nag-salita laban dito kay D5 ay maliwanag pa rin sa sikat ng araw na meron sya pananagutan.

    KULUNGIN NA YAN..pinagla-laruan ang batas ng PILIPINAS.