MANILA - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has urged the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to issue a gag order to prevent all parties in the drug case against Senator Leila de Lima from discussing its merits in public and in media platforms, stressing that this in in keeping with the sub judice rule.
De Lima's camp has gone to the media to discuss their disappointment with Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero's order for her arrest, even insinuating that apart from allegedly railroading the process, the trial judge ruled on the case without studying the case records.
Guerrero's silent supporters insist that the seasoned judge is no lightweight.
Guerrero served as prosecutor of the DOJ for ten years. She first served as legal researcher, then Senior Attorney at the Sandiganbayan.
She became a trial judge in 1997, and has been with the judiciary for 30 years.
She is also a law professor, teaching criminal law and procedure, evidence, remedial law, and civil procedure, among others.
Guerrero was Bar Exams examiner in Criminal Law in 2013.
Her track record as trial judge includes convicting several drug offenders and sentencing them to life imprisonment.
She acquitted the so-called Alabang Boys, who also figured in a drug case, and granted a petition by murder convict Rolito Go for his release from the NBP on the basis that he already completed his sentence. Both rulings of Judge Guerrero were affirmed by the Court of Appeals (CA) and the Supreme Court (SC).