MANILA - A Quezon City court on Wednesday again deferred the hearing of detained Senator Leila De Lima's disobedience to summons case due to the absence of her former driver and alleged bagman, Ronnie Dayan.
Dayan, during congressional inquiries, admitted to receiving bribes for De Lima's 2016 senatorial campaign. He earlier refused to attend the proceedings, supposedly on the advise of the senator, which prompted House leaders to file the disobedience case against her late last year.
De Lima's former aide was detained at the Muntinlupa City Jail in February 2017.
A Muntinlupa court on Monday issued a resolution allowing Dayan to attend the disobedience hearing. However, his clearance to travel to the Quezon City for the disobedience hearing was not processed immediately, said De Lima's lawyer, Filibon Tacardon.
This prompted the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 court to move the hearing to December 5.
If the prosecution fails to present Dayan then, De Lima's camp will ask the court to drop him from the list of witnesses, said Tacardon.
Wednesday's hearing was originally set on October 4, but was rescheduled due to Dayan's absence.
De Lima has been detained at the police Custodial Center since February 2017 over separate drug charges that she said were politically-motivated.
A fierce critic of the administration's anti-narcotics drive, the lawmaker is not entitled to bail and, if found guilty, faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
With a report from Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News