February 17, 2017
STATEMENT OF LIBERAL PARTY SENATORS (AQUINO, DRILON, PANGILINAN) ON THE FILING OF CRIMINAL CASES VS SEN. DE LIMA BEFORE RTC
The Liberal Party slams the patently illegal filing of of criminal cases against Sen. Leila De Lima before the Regional Trial Court.
The Sandiganbayan, not the RTC, has jurisdiction over the case as the alleged wrongdoing were supposedly committed when she was Justice Secretary.
We reiterate that an arrest based on trumped-up charges is illegal. Furthermore, Senator De Lima was not able to file her counter-affidavit so we question whatever ruling the Department of Justice issued without hearing her side of the story.
We appeal for total impartiality in the dispensation of justice. Senator De Lima has been pre-judged before any of the charges were filed as no less than the President vowed to destroy her in public and was sure De Lima would land in jail before any case was filed. Secretary Aguirre, being the alter ego of the President, should inhibit in any and all cases filed against Senator De Lima.
We assert that the Ombudsman has primary jurisdiction over cases against public officers cognizable by the Sandiganbayan. Violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which is the DOJ's case against Sen. De Lima, falls under "other offenses committed by public officials" listed in the Sandiganbayan Law.
We maintain that if this warrant of arrest is served, it would be a clear violation of legal proceedings and is therefore a violation of her Constitutional right to due process.
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