• DOJ ASKS SC TO ALLOW JUDGES TO HEAR CASES OF WITNESSES AT NBI

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    JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima wrote the Supreme Court (SC) to allow judges to hear cases involving detained witnesses at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). De Lima’s letter is aimed at protecting and securing the state witnesses of the government, particularly pork barrel scam witnesses Benhur Luy and Ruby Chan Tuason and several others under the custody of the NBI custody. She asked the high court to immediately address the issue. In a one-page response, the SC en banc issued a resolution referring the matter with the Sub Committee on the Revision of Rules on Criminal Procedure. “The Court Resolved to Refer this matter to the Sub Committee on the Revision of Rules on Criminal Procedure for appropriate action,” the SC said. The resolution was dated January 14 but was released only recently. It was promulgated and signed by SC en banc Clerk of Court lawyer Enriqueta Vidal.

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