De Lima camp mulls administrative case vs Muntinlupa judge

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2017 12:40 PM

MANILA - Lawyers for Senator Leila de Lima are considering filing administrative charges against the lower court judge who ordered her arrest.

"We’re contemplating a lot of actions. We’re also thinking of filing administrative case against the judge herself in this instance. Pinag-uusapan pa namin," Atty. Alex Padilla said in an interview with ANC's Headstart Tuesday.

A Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court has ordered De Lima's arrest last week for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary.

Presiding Judge Juanita Guerrero of RTC Branch 204 issued the arrest warrant. 

De Lima's camp on Monday questioned before the Supreme Court the legality of the arrest order, arrest warrant, and commitment order issued against her by Guerrero.

The besieged lawmaker is also asking the High Tribunal to "immediately issue" a status quo ante order to "restore the situation of the parties to the case prior to Judge Guerrero’s issuance of the arrest order last Feb. 23."

The Department of Justice, however, is confident that the Supreme Court will not grant De Lima's plea.