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De Lima: Lawmakers can’t get enough of me

By: - Reporter / @mj_uyINQ
/ 07:54 AM February 22, 2018
DRUG CASE / JUNE 30, 2017 Senator Leila de Lima leaves at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on Friday, after she attend the drug charges filed against her. INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Senator Leila de Lima leaves the Muntinlupa regional trial court after attending the hearing for her drug charges. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday chided lawmakers for accusing two Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges who handled her drug cases of being influenced by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to delay the issuance of her arrest warrant last year.

“I am already in prison yet they still want to question the judges handling my cases,” said De Lima in a statement sent from her detention quarters in Camp Crame.

“[It] demonstrates the predisposition of the lawmakers to undermine judges and the judiciary, as a whole, in their effort to bring [Sereno] down and deliver her head as instructed by Malacañang,” she added.

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On Monday, Judge Patria Manalastas-de Leon of RTC Branch 206 and Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of Branch 205 were questioned on the supposed phone call they had received from Sereno.

Lawyer Larry Gadon accuses Sereno of obstruction of justice for allegedly asking the judges to defer the arrest order on De Lima in February last year.

The two judges denied the accusations.

Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had insinuated during the hearing that it was unlikely the judges were not influenced by Sereno, as De Lima’s arrest warrant was not served as swiftly as hers.

But De Lima said that Arroyo was attempting to flee the country to evade the impending cases against her. “She was a flight risk and I am not,” the senator said.

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TAGS: 17th Congress, Amelia Fabros-Corpuz, Larry Gadon, Leila de Lima, Lorenzo Gadon, Maria Lourdes Seren, Muntinlupa RTC, Patria Manalastas-deLeon
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