FILE PHOTO: Senator Leila de Lima
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 21, resumed hearing the oral arguments on Senator Leila de Lima’s petition.
De Lima is seeking remedy with the high court over her arrest and detention for illegal drug trading.
Justices want compelling reasons for them to decide the petition since it violated the hierarchy of courts.
De Lima has been insisting that the DOJ and the RTC has no jurisdiction over her case.
“I have some grave concerns about the undue haste. You came to this court compelling us to make a pronouncement on the issue of jurisdiction,” said Associate Justice Noel Tijam.
Justice Diosdado Peralta said De Lima should have let the RTC decide her motions first before coming to the high court.
The [Muntinlupa Regional Trial] Court decided with undue haste, to issue a warrant of arrest, what do you expect, your honor, the petitioner to do?” replied De Lima’s legal counsel, Atty. Florin Hilbay.
“That could have been good basis of coming here because they denied all her motions. The problem is, she [De Lima] was always speculating. She should have availed of the remedies and all of these denied, because they are biased. Come here and we will listen,” said Associate Justice Peralta.
While it would seem that Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio agrees that the Sandiganbayan should handle De Lima’s case, he is not satisfied with the reasons why the senator bypassed the trial court.
“I want some more, I want special and important reasons why you have come here in violation of the hierarchy of courts. You’re alleging exceptions so you better come out with very good reasons,” he said.
The justices also agree that De Lima should have first sought remedy over with the trial court before bringing the issue before them.
The SC will resume the oral arguments next Tuesday to hear the side of the government. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue