Feb 10, 2021 @ 11:18

Court grants de Lima medical furlough – lawyer

The Muntinlupa City regional trial court has allowed detained opposition leader, Sen. Leila de Lima to go on medical furlough, it was gathered from her lawyer.

In a chance interview after a hearing before Branch 256, lawyer Rolly Peoro disclosed that Judge Romeo Buenaventura gave de Lima 24 hours to undergo medical examinations at the Manila Doctors Hospital where her physicians are based.

“This (request for medical furlough) is still way back in 2018, 2019. Now, we really need it, it was just delayed because of the pandemic,” the lawyer said.

On Tuesday, de Lima attended a court hearing before Branch 256, which was handling one of her illegal drugs cases.

She has previously asked the court to grant her medical furlough so she can be examined by doctors because of “lingering pain between her left breast and upper left abdomen, along with occasional bouts of nausea.”

In a very urgent motion, de Lima asked the court to allow her to undergo a general medical exam for at least 24 hours between February 11 and 13 at the Manila Doctors Hospital.

Last year, de Lima asked Branch 256 to allow her to post bail, claiming the evidence of the prosecution is weak and won’t stand judicial scrutiny.

In a 61-page Motion for Bail Ad Cautelam, the opposition leader asked the court to to allow her to post bail because ‘government prosecutors have failed to establish her complicity in the illegal drugs case.’

De Lima added that the prosecution’s evidence are “inadmissible, incredible, and contradictory,” hence, she should be allowed to post bail for her temporary liberty.

“Considering these undeniable facts, there is a need to balance the right of the State to limit the liberty of those charged of committing a crime, with the constitutional right of the accused to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise,” her motion read.

This was the third motion for bail de Lima filed so far. Jose Adrian Dera alias “Jad De Vera” and “Jad, ” the alleged bagman and de Lima’s nephew, and former driver Ronnie Dayan were among her co-accused.

The Department of Justice charged them for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading, violation of Section 26 (b) in relation to Section 5, Section 3 (jj), and Section 28 of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

De Lima is currently detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame. She was accused of allegedly benefiting from illegal drugs when she was still the justice secretary.

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