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PNP chief denies political influence in De Lima cases

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief PDG Ronald Dela Rosa

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa has denied using political influence on cases filed against Senator Leila de Lima.

He said he  strongly believes that the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court has sufficient basis for ordering the arrest and detention of Senator De Lima.

Dela Rosa added that among the court’s basis for the case is the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons.

This has been the response of the police chief to a resolution recently released by a European Parliament.

In its resolution, the EU recommended, among other things, the release of De Lima; the dropping of what it claims as politically motivated charges against the senator; and to ensure the security of De Lima inside her detention cell.

READ: SolGen: De Lima ‘falsified’ SC petition

“Yung nag-issue ng warrant I don’t think ganun ka sensational na kaso at ganun kataas na personality eh basta basta na lang magi-issue ang korte ng warrant ng walang basehan hindi pwede yun (On the issuance of the warrant, I don’t think a case this sensational and with such a high-profile personality, the court will just easily issue a warrant without basis. It doesn’t work that way),” Dela Rosa said.

The police chief also noted that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should not be reminded to ensure the security of the senator since it is what they have already been doing.

“Responsibilidad po namin si Senator De Lima talagang binabantayan namin siya (Senator De Lima is our responsibility. We are certainly guarding her),” said PDG Dela Rosa.

For her part, Senator Leila de Lima has previously expressed gratitude for the concern given to her by the international human rights organization.

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, has this to say on the EU recommendation for the United Nation Human Rights Council to investigate alleged cases of extra judicial killings in the Philippines: “Sila mismo makikialam dito sa atin? bahala sila wala man ako pakialam sa kanila, bahala sila.” (They will  interfere in our affairs? Whatever, I don’t care about them anyway).  — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

READ: Duterte lashes out anew at EU, top critics

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Another judge inhibits from De Lima’s drug case

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Another trial court judge has inhibited from Sen. Leila de Lima’s drug cases.

MANILA, Philippines — Another trial court judge has inhibited from Sen. Leila de Lima’s drug cases.

In an order dated January 23, 2017, Judge Myrna Quiambao of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 203 said she voluntarily inhibited from De Lima’s case because of her very close relationship to one of the prosecutors handling it.

Judge Quiambao explained that she is a law school classmate of Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leila Llanes who is also a godparent to two of her children.

Also, most of the members of the Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecution panel are her friends being her late husband’s colleagues at the DOJ.

Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 has previously inhibited from the same case due to the allegations of bias and partiality of the De Lima’s camp. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Extension of PNP chief’s tour of service, due to problems in illegal drugs, terrorism

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Problems with drugs, terrorism, and insurgency are among the reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte extended the term of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to another three months. This was according to the PNP chief himself.

“Kulang pa siguro per the standard of the President. Meron pa siyang something na i-accomplish natin bago tayo mag-step down (Maybe it’s not enough as per the standard of the President. He still has something in mind that I still have to accomplish before I step down),” said Dela Rosa.

Despite this, the PNP chief said he cannot assure that he can address the said problems within three months.

“I don’t know kung kakayanin sa three months. Baka another three months na naman. Then another three months, then another three months. Hindi ko pa alam. Hindi ko pwedeng pangunahan ang Presidente,” he said.

(I don’t know if I can do it within three months, I might need another three months. Then another three months, then another three months. I don’t know yet. I don’t want to get ahead of the President.)

The PNP chief also assured that drug lords can no longer operate once his appointment as the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief pushes through.

“I will see to it na hindi na ninyo maipagpatuloy ang drug trafficking diyan sa loob ng BuCor dahil yun naman talaga. Ano pa ang rason bakit ilalagay ako ni Presidente dyan kundi para tapusin yung maliligayang araw sa pagbebenta ng drugs,” he said.

(I will see to it that you will not be able to continue your drug trafficking activities in the BuCor. That’s the reason why the President wants me there. He wants me to finish your illegal acts, the selling of illegal drugs.) — LEA YLAGAN | UNTV News

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Prosecution amends another charge against Senator Leila de Lima

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, December 8th, 2017

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

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