Sen. Leila de Lima to ask Supreme Court to bar Duterte from threatening her
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
FILE PHOTOS: Sen. Leila De Lima and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima is planning to appeal to the Supreme Court, through a Writ of Amparo, to bar Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his camp from threatening her.
The Writ of Amparo, De Lima said, is an extraordinary remedy available for people under threat and who needs protection.
This came after the president’s pronouncements on Monday, disclaiming that he did not order the Philippine National Police to kill her.
“Why all of a sudden babanggitin ako kahit sinabi niya na ‘magtanong ka ng kahit isang pulis dito kung may sinabi ako na patayin mo iyang si De Lima, o patayin mo iyang si ano?’… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?”
(Why all of a sudden Duterte will mention me though he said “Ask any policeman here if I said kill De Lima or kill this person”… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?)
While Duterte did not directly threaten her, De Lima says she feels disturbed over the President’s statements and considers it as a veiled threat.
“I am making him responsible if something happens to me, he is the one responsible, directly or indirectly,” Sen. De Lima added.
The lady senator even showed to the media earlier how she is being harassed by unidentified people after her contact details were disclosed in one hearing in the House of Representatives.
“Alam mo, iyang mga number na iyan, mga trolls iyan… iyong mga haters, mga death threats, mga callers, it’s almost non-stop, maski sa gabi, may break lang 30 mins and then meron na naman unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.”
(You know, these contact numbers are trolls… these haters, death threats, callers, it’s almost non-stop even at night, there would be some 30-minute break and then there are again unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.)
De Lima is also urging the President from refraining from threating drug suspects, saying he should focus on evidence to prove their involvement in illegal drug operations in the country.
This after the President on Monday ordered the mayors in his narco-list to resign if they don’t want to be killed.
“I-lock ko. Kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila… ganoon kakapal ipakita ko sa inyo… hanapin mo pangalan mo diyan mayor… ‘pag nandiyan ang pangalan, talagang may problema ka. Talagang papatayin kita,” he warned.
(On closed door I will talk to the suspected narco-politician and I will tell, “This is how thick the list of names involved in drugs, look for your name there, if your name is listed, you got a problem. I will really kill you.”)
Sen. Leila De Lima added, “But they have to prove it in the proper process, in the proper forum… file those cases against the mayors, give them opportunity to be heard, and then pass judgment on these mayors by the proper authorities, and I am referring to the courts of law, no need for verbal threats.”
According to the senator, she started to restrict her personal security and thinking about Sen. Koko Pimentel’s suggestion of adding more security personnel. — Joyce Balancio / UNTV News & Rescue
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 Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court has confirmed its earlier decision in July favoring the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Ten magistrates voted for the dismissal of three motions for reconsideration of petitioners.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa want to just limit the martial law in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Sulu, while Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio campaigned to implement it just in Marawi City.
Only Associate Justice Marvic Leonen voted for the lifting of the declaration of martial law.
“The court, voting 10-3-1, . . .denied with finality because of mootness and due to lack of merit all the three motions for reconsideration filed by petitioners from the court’s decision dated 4 July 2017,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.
Meanwhile, Marawi City residents, particularly those from Barangay Basak Malutlut where the war started in May, signified their support in case President Rodrigo Duterte decides to extend the martial law in Mindanao.
They said this will allay their concerns that terrorists will return and sow fear among them.
“Nagkaroon po ako ng trauma noong una na daladala ko hanggang ngayon. Mas nakakatulong kung e-extend pa kung kinakailangan para po sa peace and security ng Marawi City,” School Principal Noraida Aropanti said.
(I still have trauma from before. It will help if [martial law] will be extended for the peace and security of Marawi City.)
The martial law which was declared on May 23 this year will expire at the end of the month. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said there is nothing to worry about a declaration of a revolutionary form of government because it is President Rodrigo Duterte himself who has been dismissing the issue.
“There is no revolutionary government. Let us now end the talks about revolutionary government. Let’s now move on. To the opposition, look for other issues,” said Sec. Roque.
This was in response to the Vice President Leni Robredo’s sentiments regarding reports that some government officials are involved in organizing protests to call for the president to declare a revolutionary government.
The vice president said persons involved in such movement can be held legally liable.
“Nakakabahala ito, kasi… kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala na. Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally—‘di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,”said the vice president.
(This is alarming because when you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing laws, so it is really alarming. Those who participate may be held legally—may be held liable, right? Because it can be regarded as rebelling against the constitution and the government.)
She also argued that it seemed ironic to see public officials moving against the government they represent.
Nevertheless, Robredo trusts President Duterte’s word that he will not declare a revolutionary government because he doesn’t want it in the first place.
Duterte, however, said it is only possible if the welfare of the state and the people are in jeopardy.
“We need a radical change. I have to…we need a radical change in government. We need not go into a revolutionary government. I do not want it. Only when everything is turning upside down, maybe,” said Duterte.
Thus, Roque said that the controversies surrounding the issue should not be entertained. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
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