Detained Senator Leila de Lima mocked the latest warrant of arrest filed against her and a man named Jose Adrian Dera alias Jad De Vera calling it the “weakest” among the three drug-related cases filed against her.
De Lima stated that she is “optimistic” that the judges will see the “unreliability” of the witnesses against her.
“A motion for reconsideration will be filed on the ground that there is no probable cause and the prosecution’s case is extremely weak, the weakest among the three trumped-up drug charges, especially after the person the government has identified as my link to the commission of the offense charged, my co-accused in this particular case, already executed a statement denying my involvement,” she said.
“My accusers say that Mr. Jose Adrian Dera alias Jad Dera is a nephew and an aide of mine. I do not know him at all. Dera himself already denied any relationship or connection to me whatsoever,” she added.
Senator de Lima has only been detained at the Philippine National Police custodial center in Camp Crame for 4 months, charged with drug-related cases issued by Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204.
The non-bailable case, Violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, was issued by Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 205 on June 21.
Apparently, the two were involved in the illegal drug trade sometime in March 2016. Dera extorted money and vehicles from Peter Co, a high-profile drug lord jailed at New Bilibid Prison, for the lady senator’s senatorial campaign last May 2016 election.
The senator referred to as “mother of all drug lords” is facing another case for illegal drug trading case Judge Patria Manalastas-de Leon of the same RTC’s Branch 206.
Still strying to be optimistic, she stated that she’ll continue “to have faith in the judiciary.”
“Inosente po ako sa lahat ng mga paratang nila sa akin,” she reiterates.
She reiterates: “Inosente po ako sa lahat ng mga paratang nila sa akin.”
“In the process of the prosecution of my cases, I am optimistic that the handling judges will more and more realize the unreliability of the witnesses against me, as well as the incredibility of their stories. In the end, all of these so-called witnesses will be proven to have been lying all along, or have simply been threatened to falsely testify against me,” she said.
“The truth will still come out in the end. In the meantime, I will continue to exhaust legal remedies to fight my illegal arrest and detention,” she added.
The senator is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame for a previous arrest order by Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204. However, there is still a pending case before Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206, under Judge Patria Manalastas-De Leon for the senator.
De Lima previously filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking for the higher court to nullify her first arrest order.
Senator Leila de Lima has three criminal charges filed against her.
First case is Criminal Case Number 17-165 which is handled by Branch 204, one count of violation of Section 5 of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which penalizes the “sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of illegal drugs.”
De Lima allegedly asked money from the New Bilibid inmates ti fund her senatorial bid n 2016.
Second case is the second count of drug trade which is handled by Branch 206 against De Lima; former BuCor chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu; Bucayu’s former staff, Wilfredo Elli; inmate Jaybee Sebastian; Dayan; De Lima’s former security aide, Joenel Sanchez; and a certain Jad de Vera.
The mentioned inmates allegedy forced to produce P70 million in order to provide funds of Senator Leila de Lima’s senatorial campaign.
Third case is Criminal Case Number 17-166, handled by Branch 205, is another count of drug trade against De Lima and De Vera.
As in the other two cases, De Lima allegedly extorted money from Co, who was able to produce P30 million and 4 vehicles which were given to De Lima through De Vera. This allegedly happened in March 2016.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the drug charges against inmates Herbert Colanggo, Engelbert Durano, Vicente Sy, Jojo Baligad, and Peter Co because “they will be utilized as prosecution witnesses.”