Leila asks court to prohibit convicts from testifying against her
Jailed Sen. Leila de Lima has asked the Muntinlupa City regional trial court to act on her motion that sought to disqualify convicts from testifying in her illegal drugs cases.
The opposition lawmaker cited Republic Act. No. 6981 or the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act, which stated that state witnesses must not have been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.
De Lima was referring to witnesses, and their convictions: Nonilo Arile – Murder and kidnapping; Jojo Baligad – Murder; Herbert Colanggo – Robbery with homicide; Engelberto Durano – Frustrated murder and murder; Rodolfo Magleo – Kidnapping for ransom; Vicente Sy – Illegal sale and delivery of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu); Hans Tan – Robbery and direct assault with murder; Froilan Trestiza – Kidnapping; Peter Co – Illegal sale and delivery of shabu; Noel Martinez – Kidnapping for ransom; Joel Capones – Homicide; German Agojo – Illegal sale and delivery of shabu; and Jaime Patcho – Kidnapping for ransom.
“The above-enumerated State Witnesses of the Prosecution have all been already convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude. They are therefore disqualified from being State Witnesses and from being granted immunity under Sections 10 and 12 of RA 6981,” de Lima’s motion read in part.