Thursday, April 22, 2021

De Lima files for reconsideration on denied bail, dismissal of 2nd drug rap


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SENATOR Leila De Lima on Tuesday filed a motion for reconsideration on her demurrer to evidence against the second drug charge against her and her ex-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.

De Lima’s camp filed the motion before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205 to appeal the denial of the senator’s bail and to junk the drug charge against her as her camp accused the judge of “cherry picking.”

Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 Judge Liezel Aquiatan last week denied the demurrer to evidence in Criminal Case No. 17-165, recognizing the testimonies of former corrections acting chief Rafael Ragos and NBI agent Jun Ablen, who both said they personally delivered P10 million to De Lima at her residence.

However, De Lima’s camp denied that Ragos allegedly delivered the money, saying this was not part of the original affidavit and noted that Ablen’s testimony about the contents of the bag was only based on what Ragos had told him.

De Lima also attended the hearing of her third drug charge, which is pending before the Muntinlupa City RTC Branch 256.

The court dismissed last week De Lima’s drug case with co-accused Jose Adrian Dera who was allowed to post a P500,000 bail.



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