Drug charge against De Lima fake, pure invention – Justice Carpio
by UNTV | Posted on Monday, October 16th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — In his dissenting opinion, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio enumerated the essential elements of an illegal drug trading case, which Sen. Leila de Lima is facing.
To establish a case, the buyer and seller must be identified, the kind of illegal drugs and the transaction must be confirmed.
These were absent in the case of De Lima which also said that she received P10-million drug money and a P100,000 weekly “tara” or grease money from each of the high profile inmates in the New Bilibid Prison.
For Justice Carpio, the charge against De Lima is fake and pure invention and it will be a gross injustice if the court will allow her continued detention.
He said that the Sandiganbayan, not the RTC should try the case since the allegations happened when De Lima was still the DOJ secretary.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno agrees that De Lima’s arrest must be nullified and let the Ombudsman handle the investigation.
Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa said the Muntinlupa RTC should have dismissed the case.
For Justice Bernabe, the RTC has no jurisdiction and Judge Guerrero has no choice but to dismiss the case.
Justice Leonen noted that De Lima is a vocal critic of the Duterte administration and the charge is only meant to silence the senator.
Justice Caguioa said Judge Guerrero gravely abused her discretion and it is only right for De Lima to seek remedy with the Supreme Court.
For Justice Francis Jardeleza, the RTC judge violated De Lima’s rights when she ordered the arrest without first resolving the question her jurisdiction in the case.
De Lima can still seek a reconsideration of the high court’s decision.
But two justices need to change their position to reverse the ruling in her favor. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
FILE PHOTO: PDEA Drug Busters is the only rookie team to advance to the 2nd round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)
Rookie team PDEA Drug Busters eases to the second round eliminations of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.
This, as the DOJ Justice Boosters toppled the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73 on Sunday’s triple header.
Based on the league’s point system, the DOJ, Ombudsman and DA Food Masters get eliminated from the league this season, while PDEA reaches the next round.
Meanwhile, Group A’s DOH Health Achievers, COA Enablers and BFP Firefighters also exit the games.
In the AFP-DOH hard court battle, the AFP Cavaliers defeated the DOH Health Achievers 92-71.
With this, the soldiers share the 5-1 win-loss standing with the Senate Defenders in Group A.
And in the GSIS-PNP match, the UNTV Cup crowd saw an impressive win by the GSIS Furies over defending champion PNP Responders 76-68.
GSIS Furies Head Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Ang will nila, talagang trinabaho nila nang husto. Kasi hindi namin inisip na we’re in sa second round. Sabi ko i-solidify pa natin, maka-tsamba tayo against defending champion PNP.”
(They willed it. They really worked hard for it. We didn’t think that we’re going to the second round. I said to them, “We must solidify ][our performnace]. Who knows, we may actually beat the defending champion, PNP.)
This win catapults the Furies to the third spot in Group A with four games won and two games lost, surpassing the Responders which now has a 3-3 win-loss standing.
PNP Responders Head Coach Erik Samson, “Nahirapan kami. Especially hindi kami gaanong nakadepensa nang maayos doon sa mga one-on-one nila, sa atake nila, at maaga kami nag-penalty.”
(We had a hard time beating them. Especially when we failed to guard them closely on their one-on-one plays, attack plays. And we got into penalty situation early in the game.)
Rene Boy Banzali and James Patrick Abugan were hailed as the best players of the game after bucketing 54 combined points.
The second round elimination of the UNTV Cup Season 6 kicks off on Thursday, December 14th. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
GAME 1: DOJ Justice Boosters defeat Ombudsman Graft Busters, 95-73.
Quarter Scores: 20-16, 51-35, 70-53, 95-73
DOJ Justice Boosters Box Scores: 95 J. Lopez 20, C. Cruz 20, J. Polican 14, E. Mabazza 13, C. Borile 11, R. Tomas 7, G. Cole 6, C. Tagle 4
Ombudsman Graft Busters Box Scores: 73 F. Palacio 13, E. Escudero 9, A. Sanchez 9, A. Lazo 8, C. Lasam 8, Q. Laure 7, F. Baldonado 4, W. Romero 2, A. Francisco 2, E. Elmido 2
GAME 2: GSIS Furies defeat PNP Responders, 76-68.
Quarter Scores: 13-17, 27-41, 49-54, 76-68
GSIS Furies Box Scores: 76 E. Banzali 32, J. Abugan 22, A. Sunga 8, D. Bunyi 7, M. Nuyana 6, T. Hernandez 1
PNP Responders Box Scores: 68 R. Abaya 13, A. Tolentino 11, J. Criste 10, O. Omiping 9, J. Misola 6, J. Cabahug 5, A. Yanquiling 5, J. Saracho 3, H. Sta. Cruz 2, C. Cabrera 2, C. Elopre 2
GAME 3: AFP Cavaliers defeat DOH Health Achievers, 92-71.
Quarter Scores: 27-15, 31-25, 58-41, 92-71
AFP Cavaliers Box Scores: 92 L. Cabayao 21, B. Bautista 14, V. Evidor 11, J. Quiambao 10, P. Fernandez 8, J. Lumongsod 7, R. Araneta 6, R. Almerol 6, M. Mendoza 3, W. Casulla 2, R. Pascual 2, E. Tan 2
DOH Health Achievers Box Scores: 71 L. Nidoy 21, D. Magat 9, G. Domingo 8, S. Mopera 8, J. Guevarra 8, R. Pingol 6, A. Saculinggan 6, R. Dabu 3, R. Herrera 2
MANILA, Philippines — In what seems to be an effort to bolster the case against Senator Leila de Lima, the prosecution is now seeking to amend all the three illegal drug trading charges.
The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 on Friday, heard the motion of the prosecution to modify the cases from illegal drug trading to conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading.
Similar motions were already filed with the two other branches hearing De Lima’s cases.
A member of the prosecution team explained that the accusations and evidence would remain the same.
“Only to be more precise and to conform with the evidence, the allegations in the complaint. It will not in anyway prejudice the substantial rights of the accused,” said Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Ramoncito Ocampo, Jr.
But a lawyer for De Lima said the prosecution is only making up for the weakness in their case.
“Those are two different cases talaga na tingin namin ay ginawa nila ito para maiwasan ang fatal defect sa original information which is the absence of the actual drugs allegedly traded (Those are really two different cases. We think they did it to elude the fatal defect in the original information which is the absence of the actual drugs allegedly traded),” said Atty. Boni Tacardon, legal counsel of Sen. Leila de Lima.
For one, the prosecution has now alleged that inmates of the New Bilibid Prison were used to sell and trade illegal drugs.
This is a new accusation which is absent in the original case being handled by Judge Patria Manalastas de Leon and was never mentioned in the two other cases.
“Pag-aaralan nang husto ito para tingnan namin kung ano ang epekto nito sa kaso (We will study this thoroughly to determine its effects on the case),” said Atty. Tacardon.
This prompted Judge de Leon to cancel Friday’s arraignment of Senator De Lima.
Her lawyers were given 15 days to submit their comment or opposition to the amendment.
The prosecution was also given the same period to oppose De Lima’s motion praying with the court to reconsider its arrest order.
Judging by these developments, a prosecutor said that the arraignment will have to wait until early next year. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has reacted to the hearings being conducted by the House Justice Committee on her impeachment case.
She was a guest at a professional lecture on judicial accountability held at the Supreme Court, Thursday morning.
The Chief Justice said she subjected herself to the process in order to protect the independence and dignity of the courts.
“I have submitted myself to this process according to the rights that are accorded in my position. And I hope that you have taken it in all good faith that that is my intent to defend the dignity and independence of the judiciary. In various fora, I have already tried to encapsulate in very, very brief form why the charges against me, in fact, should bear no sufficient basis,” Sereno said.
She said it’s most important to her to keep the independence of the judiciary and that she has been following this principle since her appointment to the court.
Sereno requested three things from the members of the judiciary: continue working undistracted, be vigilant and continue to pray.
“Please continue to focus on your work. Nothing should distract us. There is much to be done for this country. Our country is crying for justice,” said Sereno.
The Chief Justice was also a guest in the forum organized by the newly-formed Voices of Women for Justice and Peace.
She refused to comment on the statement of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who said that the evidence against her is piling up.
“I have not yet heard him say anything so I cannot comment. So let’s just leave it at that,” Sereno said.
The women’s group has expressed support for the Chief Justice’s fight. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
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