DOJ to provide Senate status report on de Lima’s cases
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) will be providing Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara’s request for a status report on the cases of former senator Leila de Lima.
De Lima, facing drug trade charges before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Courts has been in detention since 2017. One of the three cases against her has been dismissed, while two are undergoing trial. However, witnesses have recanted their testimony against the senator.
“We will submit ASAP (as soon as possible) to the good senator Angara a status report on these cases,” incoming DOJ spokesperson Atty. Jose Dominic Clavano told reporters.
Clavano said the prosecutors in charge “have already finished their presentation of evidence.” So it is now the former senator’s turn to present her evidence.
Angara made the request during an organizational meeting of the Senate committee on justice and human rights to make sure that there is no unjust delay to the cases of his former colleague.
Earlier, a resolution was filed at the Senate calling for the release of de Lima.
But Remulla said, “the matter is already within the jurisdiction of the Muntinlupa Trial Court, which has sole power and authority to act on the pending case against the former senator.”
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