Court moves De Lima's arraignment to May 18

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2018 11:45 AM

The arraignment of Senator Leila de Lima was again postponed by the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205 after her camp raised technical questions about the case.

De Lima's legal counsel, Boni Tacardon, told the court that the prosecution initially filed an illegal drug trading case against the senator, but eventually changed it to "conspiracy to trade illegal drugs."

"Magkaiba ang kaso na unang inihain ng prosekusyon, at ang conspiracy to trade illegal drugs na bagong kaso laban kay De Lima," Tacardon said.

(The initial case filed by the prosecution and the new case on conspiracy to trade illegal drugs are difference cases.)

"Wala ring sapat na ebidensiya na may sabwatan sa drug trade sa Bilibid," he said.

(There is no sufficient evidence that there was conspiracy in the Bilibid drug trade.)

The court rescheduled the arraignment to May 18.

De Lima was detained in February 2017 for allegedly masterminding the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary when she was still serving as Justice Secretary under the Aquino administration.

- report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News