SC junks petition seeking De Lima's release

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED October 10, 2017 12:23 pm
AP file photo

(Inside Manila) Senator Leila De Lima will stay in detention as the Supreme Court rejected the petition seeking her release from jail and the dismissal of the drug-related charges against her, reports said Tuesday, October 10.

The High Court en banc dismissed De Lima's petition, via 9-6 voting, upholding the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court's jurisdiction over her drug case.

De Lima earlier claimed that the Muntinlupa RTC committed grave abuse of discretion in ordering her arrest when she still has a pending motion to quash.

The lady senator is accused of involvement in the drug trade when she was still justice secretary from 2010 and 2015.

If found guilty, she is not entitled to bail with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

De Lima has repeatedly rejected the allegations thrown against her.



National ID System: Boon or Bane?

In the Philippines, dreaming of a hi-tech universal identification system sounds like a conjured up scenario that can only be seen in first world countries and utopian films.