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    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?)

    WATCH: Sen. De Lima urges Pres. Duterte to disclose cost of ‘operation’ against her 

    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.)

    WATCH: De Lima questions alleged special treatment of big-time drug lords 

    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.”)

    WATCH: DOJ panel submits De Lima’s fifth case for resolution 

    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

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    CJ Sereno remains calm amid complaint of impeachment

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

    MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remains calm amid the impeachment complaint she is now facing before the House of Representatives.

    In her speech at the gathering of the Philippine Trial Judge League incorporated in Palo Leyte on Wednesday, Sereno reiterated that she has a clear conscience.

    The chief justice also noted that she has never lied, or deceived others.

    Sereno said that she trusts the public and that institutions of the government would disclose the lies being hurled against her.

    She said she is just doing her job as the Supreme Court’s top magistrate.

    This is her first public appearance after the House justice committee affirmed that complaint against her has sufficient basis.

    Sereno also urged the judges to perform properly their sworn duties and to not let politics affect their work.

    The chief justice emphasized as well that she did not attend the event to seek support from the judges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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    Senator Leila de Lima to file motion for reconsideration

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines — In a statement, Senator Leila de Lima said she was dismayed and saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court on the two petitions she filed.

    The senator said that she will continue the fight, further maintaining her innocence in the accusations against her.

    De Lima’s camp is set to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the Supreme Court’s decision.

    Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, meanwhile, believes the SC’s decision on De Lima’s case is a form of revenge.

    “What is happening is, the law is being forced to agree to the policies of the administration. That’s right. It will further encourage authorities that even without evidence… because imagine a case which is drug trading. How could you be involved in drug trading when they have not recovered any illegal drugs in your possession,” said Alejano.

    In a vote of 9-6 yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition of De Lima to nullify the arrest against her and to transfer her illegal drug trading charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan.

    The high tribunal explained that her arrest has a basis and that the anti-graft court has no jurisdiction over cases involving illegal drugs.

    Attorney Marwil Nacor Llasos, a law reform specialist from the University of the Philippines College of Law, is worried over the decision of the country’s high tribunal, noting it seems to show a pattern that one can easily predict.

    Llasos cited as examples the SC’s decision to allow the burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the implementation of martial in the entire Mindanao, and lastly, the arrest and detention of the government’s staunch critic, Senator Leila De Lima.

    “The Supreme Court has been so polarized already and I doubt it if it still already based on the hard facts of the law and the facts of the case or there are political realities involved,” said Llasos.

    “In terms of the case of De Lima, the government achieved its purpose which is to silence her, to put her behind bars so none will criticize the actions of the administration.

    However, for House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of De Lima is appropriate.

    “I’ve seen the menace of drug problem and for 6 years, she should have been at the front against it. But she was the one who was supporting it, so why would you let it escape?” said Suarez.

    Malacañang, on the other hand, refused to comment on the issue. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Supreme Court dismisses De Lima’s petition to void her arrest

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

    Senator Leila de Lima

    MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima will remain in detention for drug charges in relation to her alleged link to illegal drug trading inside the New Bilibid Prison.

    Voting 9-6, the Supreme Court dismissed her petition to nullify her arrest and stop the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court from proceeding with her case.

    “The court voted 9-6 to dismiss the petitions in Leila de Lima versus Judge Guerrero. . . there are 12 opinions in all,” Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Theodore Te said.

    The decision was penned by Justice Presbitero Velasco Junior and concurred in by Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo and President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointees to the high court, namely, Justices Samuel Martires, Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr. and Alexander Gesmundo.

    Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dissented together with Senior Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Francis Jardeleza and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.

    The court said Judge Juanita Guerrero did not gravely abuse her discretion in ordering De Lima’s arrest because there is enough basis to the allegation that she conspired to sell illegal drugs.

    The SC also pointed out that the Regional Trial Court has the sole jurisdiction to try drug-related cases and the Sandiganbayan’s jurisdiction is limited to violations of the anti-graft laws.

    In a Twitter post, former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay who represented De Lima in the case, said justice for De Lima is not easy.

    But he said DOJ lawyers are more worried here since they have to establish a case without evidence.

    The SC Spokesman said De Lima can still appeal the ruling.

    “Under the rules, everyone who loses has a recourse to file a motion,” Atty. Te said.

    Solicitor General Jose Calida expressed his gratitude to the justices of the Supreme Court.

    He said the decision is proof that the government’s “war on drugs” is not exclusively targeting the poor.

    Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said they are vindicated in their position that the RTC has jurisdiction over the cases of De Lima.

    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, the arraignment and trial of the senator can already proceed. – Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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