MANILA - A Muntinlupa court has deferred anew the arraignment of detained Sen. Leila de Lima for drug charges stemming from her alleged involvement in the illicit trade at the national penitentiary.
In a hearing Friday, Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 205 Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz reset De Lima's arraignment to Nov. 24, giving the prosecution time to comment on her fresh pleadings.
De Lima's camp submitted to the court on the same day two motions seeking its reconsideration of its rulings junking her plea for a legislative furlough to attend voting sessions at the Senate and her plea to dismiss the charges against her.
Speaking to reporters, De Lima's lawyer Filibon Tacardon cited the importance of allowing her to attend Senate sessions. De Lima has been hoping to attend crucial hearings at the Senate, especially investigations of alleged summary killings.
"...Sen. De Lima is still entitled to be presumed as innocent. At the same time, meron siyang mandato ng mga Pilipino bilang senador," he said.
De Lima is also scheduled to face the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on Nov. 24 for her disobedience to summons case.
A former justice chief, De Lima has been detained at the custodial center in Camp Crame, Quezon City for drug charges now pending before three Muntinlupa courts. The fierce administration critic has repeatedly blasted the allegations as "political persecution."
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court junked De Lima's plea against her detention.
-report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News