De Lima bristles at contempt suit: ‘Something happened’

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She’s in a bind, but she’s not taking things sitting down, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said, amid a contempt suit filed against her by one of the principal suspects in the January 2011 murder of Palawan broadcaster Gerry Ortega.

Through his lawyer Demetrio Custodio Jr.,  Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes last week asked the Court of Appeals to cite De Lima in contempt for having impugned the court’s reputation “by insinuating that it could be influenced to decide a case in one way or another by a party’s ‘foul tactics and illicit means.’”

‘Something happened’

“(But) I cannot just take it sitting down, a decision like that (when) I know something happened,” De Lima said of the decision of a Court of Appeals special division last March 19 to nullify the murder charges against the Palawan governor and his brother Coron Mayor Mario Reyes Jr.

Saying she refused to be cowed into silence, De Lima said she has information from a credible source that “something happened,” which led to the appeals’ court decision, but admitted that she cannot back up her claim with solid proof since her source will not support her publicly.

“I wish I can reveal it, but I know something about what happened in that case. But my problem is, I cannot reveal it without solid proof,” the justice secretary told Department of Justice (DOJ) reporters on Monday.

A-1 source

“I have information from an A-1 source but I don’t think my source is willing to back me up or confirm it. Kaya tatahimik na lang ako (That’s why I’ll just keep quiet). I am asking the (Office of Solicitor General) to defend me,” she added.

The appeals court special tenth division invalidated the second DOJ panel De Lima had created to re-investigate the involvement of the Reyes brothers in the Ortega murder.

In a 3-2 vote, the Court of Appeals said the justice secretary had committed a grave abuse of discretion when she created the second panel of investigators without acting on the petition for review filed by Ortega’s daughter Michaella on the decision of the first DOJ panel.

The appeals court in effect reinstated the decision of the first panel dismissing the murder charges against the Reyes brothers.

Asked about the contempt suit, De Lima said her remarks about the appeals’ court decision were within her “right to express (her) thoughts.”

Quest for justice

She continued: “They can sue me all they want but I cannot buckle down in the quest for justice in that particular case. I cannot be cowed in the exercise of my right to free expression. I was expressing my frustration about the development of the case, (in) particular about that resolution.”

De Lima shared her consternation over the contempt suit during her meeting with “running priest” Fr. Robert Reyes, who has been helping the Ortega family.

In an interview with the Inquirer after their meeting at the DOJ, Reyes defended De Lima by questioning the integrity of the five-member Court of Appeals division that cleared the Reyes brothers.

“(De Lima) should not be cowed by threats of legal suits by the Reyes camp. This is all they can do because Secretary De Lima cannot be bribed,” Reyes said.

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  • speaksoftlylove

    Delima should go back to school. As a DOJ Secretary, and in cases where you lose in your cause, you can not express your “personal thoughts” to undermine the integrity of the Court of Appeals, moreso when you admitted that can not even back it up with evidence. Saying malicious accusations is too easy and it would be a great disservice to your office when you engage in hallow gossips to undermine the judiciary.

    One thing is clear, De Lima has developed a vicious habit of destroying the credibility and integrity of the judiciary every time she loses. Rather that admit her illegal acts, she throws all dung to the judiciary to attack it, similar to the despicable “squid tactic.” Tama na, sobra na, husgahan na yang disbarment cases ni Delima at Lacierda, SC. What are you doing Supreme Court, sleeping on the job also? Ang tagal na yang two disbarment cases ni Delima, what happened Supreme Court?

    • PinoyPinoyako

      Really nag-misfire ka na naman, tao ka ng mga Reyes ano? Magkano ba ang bayad sa yo?

      • speaksoftlylove

        Actually, delima was misquoted by PDI. What delima said was she has an “Ewan source” not A-1, kuha mo na dogyot?

      • Mamang Pulis

        hahaha–‘ewan source’–nice one.

        pero wag ka magkakamali–gusto ko ma prosecute ang mga salarin.

        baka nag tanga tangahan lang si delimas para maka lusot? di kaya? :D

    • lucidlynx

      You should go back to school. Have you read the facts surrounding the case? Besides, the DOJ has in its power to form a prosecution panel. What else is the DOJ gonna do if it won’t do that?

      If you are a member of Gerry Ortega’s family, you’d be aghast with the CA decision. The CA is dismissing the case on mere technicality without considering the merits of the case back up with probable evidence against the Reyes brothers.

      You very well know that there are corrupt judges in our system and in fact one of them was recently impeached by Congress.

      • speaksoftlylove

        An “A-1″ source who does not want to testify for a DOJ Secretary is an “A-1″ source of gossip. Gising dogyot.

      • Felix Alcantara

        In short, ang source ni piggy delima is tsismis lang or parang manghuhula. ha ha ha. What a pathetic Sec. of Injustice.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “If you are a member of Gerry Ortega’s family, you’d be aghast with the CA decision.”

        If I were, I would be aghast with Sec. De Lima. Not because of the CA.

        You see, she dropped the ball.

        As secretary, she can invalidate the 1st DOJ panel results, only if you do it by the book. It seems that she didn’t, and so, you have 2 opposing investigations, where one takes precedence over the other.

        A lot of people are quite perplexed why Sec. De Lima would do such a blunder, sophomoric, considering the advisors and the experience. In fact they are wondering if it was, in fact deliberate. They are wondering if there is some collusion between Reyes and Sec. De Lima.

      • Rex Robles

        “You very well know that there are corrupt judges in our system and in fact one of them was recently impeached by Congress.”

        Aha…si Corona tinutukoy mo…na impeached ba sya dahil sa corruption o na impeached sya dahil kinorap ni ABN0y ang mga senador and congressman para paboran ang impeachment ? Basahin mong mabuti ang charges kay Corona kung may “corruption” na inireklamo sa kanya. Underclared o misdeclared ang nagpa impeached sa kanya…katulad ni Corona mauubos ang mga politikong kaanib ng LP kung ang reklamo kay Corona ang pagbabasehan. Di kba nagtataka sa dami ng reklamo kay Corona hanggang ngayon ni isa walang ikinaso sa kanya magmula ng matnggal sya ?

      • boldyak

        and he was impeached politically…

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        i dare say he was impeached by a vote of confidence among the senator-jurors. His failed disappearing act certainly did him no favors upon them. In fact, I would say it was not strictly 2.2 that did him in, but the guise of it.

      • Rex Robles

        ows….ask drilon,trillanes,guingona,kiko,angara kung may mga choice ang mga to. mula day one selyado na ang sintensya kay corona. ask mo din kung pano nkapag desisyun o nabasa ng mga 188 congressmen ang reklamo kay corona. kung naniniwala ka pa ring walang kinalaman si AB N0y sa pag korap sa mga to…ang baluktot na daan ay matuwid na nga.

      • leomar101

        Pre, ang mysterious lady, ang sentral bank agents at anti money laundering plus si concheat-a aka power point ang nag lagay ng pako at ang nagpokpok ay si mongol. hahaha. ang 188 congganid at 21 senatok ay tig 200 milyong lang sila. peanuts yan di ba sa isang mongol na may billions of intelligence fund yearly.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        trillanes? thats a surprise. kahit anong gawin ng Defense, guilty na si RCCorona. No surprise there. Can’t convince a mind that is already set.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

    this is just another example of justice in PH….really is a bad joke

  • LabkoPinas

    Apparently, DeLima can malign and act without observing what is legal as in the Supreme Court TRO for GMA but can’t stand getting sued for her lose tongue. Ha, ha, ha. What is good for GMA should also be good for DeLima. I thought she was a board topnotcher?

    • lucidlynx

      Lose tongue? What is a “lose tongue”? Delima’s suit against her has no basis. Read the facts of the case. If every Tom, Dick and Harry in the Philippines can do that, you are basically threatening and tying the hands of the authorities. Our officials hold sensitive positions and are very busy individuals. These sort of things are just ploys to derail them.

      I guess you haven’t been around that much and know the politics of power play. It is not for wimps like you.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “basically threatening and tying the hands of the authorities.”

        No.

        Like every one in authority, they must play by the rules. not make exceptions.

        Would disregarding an SC TRO be playing by the rules?

        Would creating a 2nd DOJ investigating panel, without invalidating the first DOJ investigating panel be playing by the rules?

        “the politics of power play. It is not for wimps like you.”

        This kind of politics is dirty. Perhaps we should not let it meddle with our laws, lest our law become dirty partisan politics.

      • LabkoPinas

        You delve on syntaxes and spelling but lose the message. I pity blind people like you and abhor the way you turn the issue around by accusing me of not loving my country.. When a government official and a secretary of Justice at that does not follow the rule of the law and instead thinks she can just do  whatever pleases her then we are doomed as a nation. So who do you think is to be pitied? Only idiots like you.I guess you now want a dictator, huh? Someone who can do whatever he pleases? No more of  that for me.

  • PinoyPinoyako

    Go Go De Lima we are proud of what you are doing, all Filipinos know who ordered the killing of Doc Ortega and those were the Reyes brothers, this is the the important thing and we are glad you know this

  • boybakal

    ‘Something happened’…De Lima…
    Another hearsay….

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    “I cannot just take it sitting down, a decision like that (when) I know something happened,” De Lima said”

    You can if you must, pero shouldn’t you do that without the mantle of an arm of the executive government? Anybody is free to express themselves (within reason) but when you say something given the authority bestowed upon you, then you prejudice the people you are against. And it wouldn’t be fair.

    As a government official, you should follow the letter of the law, and NOT bastardize it by filling it full of exceptions.

  • jaciagar

    DeLima should have been more careful in crafting her statements. As a lawyer she should have known she was inviting a contempt case. Of course, most people know that the justices are corrupt, as exemplified by the contemptible Corona. The Court of Appeals has long been considered by the people as corrupt & it has never improved. What makes matter worse is they can cite you in contempt for telling the truth. This is much like the police rubbing out those who expose their being hoodlums in uniform & it would be perfectly legal & earn them medals. I remember the term “hoodlum in robes” splashed in newspapers not so long ago to depict our corrupt justices & judges. These are an effective acts of terrorism, rub-outs & contempt cases.

    • ganipecson

      I agree with your observation 100% jaciagar. but what is more worrisome is the force and/or factor that gives the CA justices to commit such kind of injustice. They seem to be so confident that the GMA loyalists in the SC will uphold the CA’s infamous injustice in the Ortega slay case. How can they absolve suspects as simple as that way despite the existence of a corpus delicti, witnesses to prove the charges and/or at least establish a very strong prima facie case? With the wealth of the Reyeses who managed to escape from the country – the A.1 informer of Sec. de Lima enjoys credibility.

  • XY ZEE

    “Ayon sa aking bubwit…”

    Tindi mo Teh, parang taga-parlor lang ang dating mo.

  • sanjuan683

    hehehehe Tigas ulo mo Daldalima hindi ka marunong sumunod sa batas, dapat sa iyo bitayin nang patiwarik. hehehehehe

    • penoy2012

      Litsonin na lang…yung may apple sa bunganga.

  • johnlordphilip

    Going against the corrupt justice system, Sec. De Lima needs all our support! If the old system prevails, the Philippines is doomed to be the sick country of Asia again.

    • boldyak

      how can you support someone who is not following rules?

      • johnlordphilip

        There are rules that are self-serving and not protective of the people’s interest. It takes a De Lima (a very rare species in the government) not to follow this kind of rules.

      • moks

        so by your standard its better to have a law breaker at the top of the Department of Justice?

      • cry_freedom

        I’d rather have a law breaker at the top of the DoJ in order to right an injustice perpetuated by hoodlums in black robes!

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    If you consider that justice here in the philippine is sick, and needs to cured of any form of graft, corruption or unfairness, then let the law work according to how it has been designed to work.

    What you do not do is to make exceptions to the letter of the law just so that you could serve your ‘perceived’ justice.

    What you do no do is to prejudice the very institution of government you are trying to heal with your own brand of ‘corruption’ and ‘unfairness’, in the guise of justice.

  • speedstream2

    There’s something to be learned here. Whistle-blowers have a role to play in good governance. But when they’re treated in a cavalier fashion, especially when they’re left twisting in the wind after their revelations, sources of inside information all but dry up.

  • watsupdoc

    This load mouth deserves to be canned.. If she has no proof she should keep her mouth shut. When she was Human Rights Commissioner she went to Davao City to nail Mayor Duterte for the latter’s alleged involvement in the so-called DDS (Davao Death Squad). She went home to Manila empty handed. Now that is the head of the Department of Justice I would like to see if she can still fork out of office Duterte like she helped P-noy jail GMA.

    • boldyak

      sabi nga nila, ang maingay na ilog mababaw….kaya si delima puro ingay lang…hahahaha

  • Mang Teban

    I suggest readers to go back at PDI editorial about the CA’s decision on the case because one can see that the decision was 3-2, only one vote in favor of the Reyes brothers. The editorial wrote emphatically about the technicality of a procedure which apparently the DOJ “violated”.

    This is the irony of the justice system where there can really be injustice to the victim, Gerry Ortega, if the suspects, Reyes brothers, have their arrest warrants lifted by the CA decision. Please note that the case is back to square one -hardly a trial can proceed if the principal suspects who have been evading arrest can now sue the DOJ secretary who recommended for the prosecution of the suspects.

    It must be difficult for the DOJ secretary to be filed with a contempt case by the former principal suspects while the latter had been “in contempt of the law” ever since they evaded arrest for several months.

    You get the feeling that this strategy to evade prosecution has been repeating. Something must be done about filing of petitions for TRO against the DOJ. Let the cases be heard in court first and suspects appear in court! If the suspects are proven innocent, then they can walk away free.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Evading arrest is typical strategy of suspected corrupt politicians. They amassed wealth, Filipino’s money, to fend off any attempt of arrest. I want to know how much they really paid the Immigration officers. It must be in millions. Imagine they can afford to stay outside of the country for that long. They must have funneled the money by the assistance of their lawyers.

  • disqusted0fu

    Pure speculations. This is a case of when you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all. De Lima is just digging a deeper hole for herself because of her stupid speculations. This is a technique that the Aquino administration has done a lot when they get themselves in trouble. They find things to blame or make up conspiracy theories and speculate.

  • feargo

    lima herself says she has no proof. so shut up

  • boldyak

    Delima, make your case against erring people strong, your failure to prosecute should be blamed on nobody but you…if “something happened” according to your source….file a case against those people…if you can’t, you should have kept quiet, it will only indicate the incompetence of the prosecutors…

  • buttones

    I read earlier that de Lima was ‘unfazed’- and now she bristles’? Bit off a turn round there….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jocken-Dano/100002588330624 Jocken Dano

    well, this is Justice Philippine style. kung minsan hindi na alam kung saan ang totoo. ang tama nagiging mali ang mali naging tama. Nakakahiya but what can you do. . . . .

  • darsmith

    I hope table will be turned against the lawyer of the Reyes’. There ought to be a law where lawyer of the accused will serve jail time of their client in the event that the latter goes into hiding/ or invokes sickness to avoid jail time. That will deter lawyers from lying in covering-up for their client.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      At jail time din ang parents (and teachers) ng mga tao na proven guilty. After all, they too failed.

  • PepingCo

    Nothing new here. As always, Daldalima has always “no solid proof” to back up her twisted tongue.

  • boldyak

    She continued: “They can sue me all they want but I cannot buckle down in the quest for justice in that particular case. I cannot be cowed in the exercise of my right to free expression. I was expressing my frustration about the development of the case, (in) particular about that resolution.”
    ….it is your failure to prosecute, Ms Delima…don’t blame it on others

  • elgeepee

    Bakit hindi ipakulong yong unang investigating team na nagdismiss sa case vs the Reyrs brothers? Nakalimutan na yata yun ang pasimuno nito.

  • Juan Delacruz

    De Lima said she has information from a credible source that “something happened,” which led to the appeals’ court decision. But my problem is, I cannot reveal it without solid proof,“I have information from an A-1 source but I don’t think my source is willing to back me up or confirm it. Kaya tatahimik na lang ako.-labo.

  • conradoibarra

    What happened is De Lima overplayed her hand and the CA called her bluff. The problem now is that De Lima has nothing but rotten cards and is just spreading rumor to increase its value.

    What also happened is De Lima’s slowly losing grip on the sanctity of her position. She, of all people, should know that without evidence, nothing really happened. It’s just like saying that she has very credible source accusing the Reyes’ of murder, but in the end, turns out that the information can’t hold the weight of the water.

    What is happening is that De Lima is still pursuing the Reyes’ out of personal vendetta and pointing fingers, rather than presenting proper evidence to support her claim of the Reyes’ guilt.

    What could happen is that this case will never reach a conclusion, justice will never be resolved, the Reyes’ reputation will be forever tarnished by the DoJ’s actions while the true mastermind of the case runs free.

  • pedro Bato

    The names of the court of Appeals Justices who cleared the MASTERMINDS in this Gerry Ortega MURDER case should be made public. They should NOT just hide behind the name of the court of appeals. . . I myself would like to know your names. .Corruption in the justice system seems to be just waiting for President Noynoy to sleep and rest. . then it shows again its ugly head. . but I am confident that President Noynoy with the help of DOJ Sec Leila De Lima can always find a way to CHOP with the very sharp sword of Damocles this ugly head. . .

  • sigena

    puro lang chismis ang hinawakan ni baboy

  • jgl414567

    We are behind you Sec. De Lima, the CA has shown its bias and partiality. Shame to this corrupt CA!

    • speaksoftlylove

      Anong “we” solohin mo.

      Di mo ba naintindihan yong sinabi niya? “Something happened inside my head.” – Delima.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    Justice can be bought and sold!

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Everybody knows and agrees with deLima that “something happened”. Mga sira ulo at mga comatose lang ang hindi nakakaalam.

  • Victor Magallanes

    Leiila, Leila, Leila. It seems you forgot that 2 divisions of the CA already ruled against your decision to create a second panel. The first ruling was unanimous 5-0 and the second 3-2. So where does that put your theory?

    Now, if your source won’t back you publicly, why then did you cast a doubt on the integrity of the institution? Every time a decision of the courts is not of your liking, you always resort to a PR blitz that your stand is the correct one. You, of all people, should know that when you do not have any evidence to present, better not make any accusation.

  • Mitch Ilano

    De Lima sure talks a lot. That’s the problem though, she talks a lot but she can’t seem to back it up. If she’s so sure that the Court of Appeals accepted bribe from Reyes then she should provide us with proof. All she’s got are excuses.

  • PinoyPinoyako

    Mga kababayan masyado naman ato kayong naging Technical…bayaan ninyo na yan sa mga lawyers (especially camp ng mga Reyes). Ang importante dito (puno at dulo) ay kung sino ang pumatay ke Doc Ortega. Alam ng marami kung sino ang mga ito dahil nahuli nga yong mismong killer na kumanta kung sino ang mga sangkot. Yong middle man naman ay ganoon din ag ginawa…sinabi niya kung sino ang mastermind.

  • Veronica Sanchez

    A1 info? Reveal where or who it came from even if your source will deny it. At least we will know that is not part of your delusion. Or maybe you are only doing this for grandstanding Leila?

    De Lima is now muddling the issue. We all can see through her veil of deception.

  • Philip Vera Cruz

    This is hearsay! I cant believe our DOJ secretary would pursue a case based on hearsay! Poor De Lima. Poor, poor Filipinos.

  • Nick Liwanag

    Of course something happened Sec. De Lima. You got whipped by the CA for the second time around. And oh yes, you got paid too. Thats what really happened. This is A-1 information.

  • eltee2012

    >>>to Ms Dedaldal 5…..karamihan (kundi man lahat) alam na kayo ay nakatapos ng pag-aaral ng abugasya , kaya dapat at tama lamang na natatandaan ninyo ang kasabihan na…”IT IS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW THAT HAS TO PROVE IN THE COURT”. Kung hindi ninyo alam yan o ayaw ninyo maniwala…HINDI KAYO NAG-ARAL NG ABUGASYA O BOBO KAYO LANG KAYO O SADYANG MADALDAL LANG KAYO.

  • eltee2012

    >>>to Ms Dedaldal 5…..karamihan (kundi man lahat) alam na kayo ay nakatapos ng
    pag-aaral ng abugasya , kaya dapat at tama lamang na natatandaan ninyo ang
    kasabihan na…”IT IS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW THAT NEEDS OR HAS TO BE PROVEN IN THE COURT”. Kung hindi ninyo alam yan o ayaw ninyo maniwala…HINDI KAYO
    NAG-ARAL NG ABUGASYA O BOBO LANG KAYO O SADYANG MADALDAL LANG KAYO.

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