SC tackles de Lima petition


The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered Sen. Leila de Lima and the Office of the Solicitor General to submit their respective memoranda on the issue of whether President Rodrigo Duterte is immune from suit.

“It is noted that the issue of immunity of the President from suit is a prejudicial question to be first resolved before the court decides whether to require him to comment or not pursuant to the Rule on the Writ of Habeas Data,” high court spokesman Theodore Te said.

De Lima on Monday asked the Supreme Court to issue a writ of habeas data against Duterte.

The senator said her petition was a “test case” and the “first in a series of legal offensives” against Duterte, whom she accused of linking her to illegal drug trade and engaging in illicit affairs.

The 1987 Constitution does not provide specific provisions on the immunity from suit of an incumbent President. However, the bases for the immunity are found in the jurisprudence of the Philippines under Article 8 of the Civil Code which is deemed part of the law of the land.

In 2008, the SC adopted the Writ of Habeas Data as a “remedy available to any person whose right to privacy in life, liberty or security is violated or threatened by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity engaged in the gathering, collecting or storing of data or information regarding the person, family, home and correspondence of the aggrieved party.”


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  1. Deny pa MORE! … the mother of all drug lords.

    Hindi lang ang Sarili ni Leila De Lima ang Binastos niya kundi pati ang Batas, gumawa ng Kababuyan sa Sarili Dinamay pati ang Bansang ito, WHAT A SHAME!

  2. Ang kapal ng mukha ng De Lima na yan ..malakas pa ang loob. Pero ayaw naman nya harapin ang mga alegasyon laban sa kanya,,,panay lang ang putak para maka-iwas.

    Baka patay na rin si Ronnie Dayan kaya hindi lumalabas..

    Noon nagmamaka-awa si De LIma na tigilan na raw si Dayan, wala na raw makain sa pagtatago dahil takot na takot… So alam nya kung nasaan.

  3. Hindi sa pinangungunagan ko ang SC, ngunit bago talakaying ang case in point, kapanipaniwala ba na may kinalaman si Mayor Duterte sa pagpapagawa ni De Lima sa mansion ni Dayan sa Pangasinan, De Lima”s ;love affair kay Dayan as connecting link ng drug trade sa Bilibid, sa erotic conversation na na-intercept. Basically, iharap muna ni DeLima si Dayan para mapatutuhanan nya na the cases in points brought to the Supreme Court were authentic and truth is part of it, otherwise, all the happening on De Lima’s lives has nothing to do with Mayor Duterte and so with the general public. It’s De Lima’s fault if all her wrong doing bares in public knowledge and so with Mayor Duterte, because all these wrong doings can not be hidden to anyone, De Lima can run but there is no place to hide. That is a big challenge to the Justices of the SC’s fairness, objectivity, independence, non-partisan politic and the individual personal upholding of the highest dignity and reputation of our Justices and our Philippine Justice system to tackle today’s task on De Lima. The inquisitive eyes of the 101 Million Filipinos are now intently and directly pointed to you works, your BOSS.