Senator Leila De Lima filed motions seeking to dismiss the drug charges filed against her by the Department of Justice at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC).
De Lima’s lawyers immediately filed the motions after the cases were raffled off to three branches of the court, specifically to the salas of Judge Juanita Guerrero of RTC branch 204, Judge Amelia Fabros Corpus of RTC branch 205, and Judge Patricia De Leon of RTC branch 206.
These courts will then determine if there is probable cause in the cases filed by the DOJ enough to issue arrest warrants for De Lima.
The senator said that the first hearing on the cases was set on Friday.
“So technically, from today until Friday, I’m free,” she told reporters at the Senate.
De Lima is questioning the jurisdiction of the Muntinlupa RTC to hear the drug-related cases filed against her on Friday, February 17.
The former DOJ chief vowed to fight this out.
She said she hoped the courts where the cases had been raffled to would study closely her motion to dismiss the said cases.
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