Feb 17, 2021 @ 18:11

Court grants one of de Lima’s demurrer to evidence, but denies the other one

The Muntinlupa City regional trial court has granted the demurrer to evidence filed by detained opposition leader, Sen. Leila de Lima in one of the three criminal cases accusing her of benefiting from the illegal drugs trade when she was still the Justice Department secretary.

” The contention of the prosecution that the relationship of (Adrian) Dera and de Lima is immaterial deserves scant consideration as the prosecution in fact asserts that the money received by Dera from Peter Co was delivered to de Lima and that Dera acted on behalf of de Lima. But no link between the two accused was proven, and thus, it cannot be concluded that they agreed to engage in illegal drug trading, ” the omnibus order of Branch 205 Judge Liezel Aquiatan read in part.

In Criminal Case 17-66 where Dera was her co-accused along with former driver Ronnie Dayan, de Lima filed a demurrer to evidence, saying the prosecution’s evidence against her won’t stand legal scrutiny.

According to her, the prosecution failed to alleged the specific narcotics transaction she was involved with, and other proof to show her involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

This developed as the same court in Criminal Case No. 17-165 where Dayan was also her co-accused, has denied de Lima’s demurrer to evidence and motion for bail.

In a separate order, Judge Aquiatan set the reception of defense evidence on March 5, 2021 at 9am.

De Lima and Dayan were accused of conspiring and confederating with each other to commit illegal drugs trading.

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.

The embattled lawmaker is facing three separate drugs charges before the Muntinlupa RTC. A separate case for disobedience to summons is now pending before a Quezon City court. #

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