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De Lima wants court to block testimonies of convicted witnesses

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Senator Leila de Lima has asked the Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC) not to allow convicted criminals to testify against her.

De Lima has already filed a motion asking to disqualify 13 prosecution witnesses who are serving prison terms at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

They are Nonilo Arile who has been convicted of murder and kidnapping; Jojo Baligad, murder; Herbert Colanggo, robbery with homicide; Engelberto Durano, frustrated murder and murder; Rodolfo Magleo, kidnapping for ransom; Vicente Sy, Illegal sale and delivery of illegal drugs; Hans Tan, robbery and direct assault with murder; Froilan Trestiza, kidnapping; Peter Co, illegal sale and delivery of drugs; Noel Martinez, kidnapping for ransom; Joel Capones, homicide; German Agojo, illegal sale and delivery of drugs; and Jaime Patcho, kidnapping for ransom.

“The above-enumerated State Witnesses of the Prosecution have all been already convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude,” read her motion.

“They are therefore disqualified from being State Witnesses and from being granted immunity under Sections 10 and 12 of RA 6981 (Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act),” she stressed.

De Lima is facing three drug charges before Muntinlupa City RTC.

Under the three charges, she is accused of having been involved in the proliferation of the illegal drugs trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City

De Lima is currently detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame, Quezon City.