Judgment Day: SC to vote on the legality of de Lima’s arrest on October 10
The Supreme Court (SC) has set a date for its voting whether to release of Senator Leila De Lima from detention or not.
During its regular en banc hearing, the SC has set the voting on October 10.
De Lima is seeking her release from prison and nullification of the illegal drugs charges filed against her.
Sources said the ponente of the case is SC Justice Presbitero Velasco.
As of the moment, there are five justices who already issued their separate dissenting opinions which favors De Lima.
Among the separate draft opinions to join the dissent are Justices Antonio Carpio, Marvic Leonen, Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, and Francis Jardeleza.
The justices who are for the ponencia in their separate concurring opinions are Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Diosdado Peralta and Samuel Martires.
In the petition of de Lima, she sought refuge before the SC by asking to nullify her arrest warrant on drug trading charges and questioned the jurisdiction of the Muntinlupa RTC .
De Lima has asked the SC to annul the order dated February 23, 2017, issued by Muntinlupa RTC Executive Judge and Branch 204 Judge Guerrero, for the issuance of an arrest warrant against her.
She cited in her petition that the RTC has committed grave abuse of discretion in issuing the said order despite the fact that she has a pending motion to quash and despite having no jurisdiction over her case.