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Hilbay dismayed at SC ruling on De Lima: Fiction more important than facts

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Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay expressed dismay over the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to believe the accusations of imprisoned drug lords against detained Senator Leila De Lima.

“Welcome to the Philippines, where fiction is more important than facts,” he said in a statement.

On Tuesday (October 10), the SC voted 9-6 to dismiss her petition which sought to nullify the arrest order against her over the drug charges she is facing.

Under the charges already lodged before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC), she is accused in the proliferation of the narcotics trading at the New Bilibid Prison (NPB) and has received money from drug lords imprisoned in the facility to fund her campaign kitty.

Because of the SC voting, Hilbay, who represented De Lima before the high tribunal, said “there is no need to prove any transaction or any evidence of sale of even an ounce of drugs.”

“Apparently, all the gov’t now needs to send you to jail on a non-bailable charge are the affidavits of convicted felons who are not even qualified to be state witnesses,” he lamented.

“Contrast this prosecutorial aggression with the Government’s silence and unbelievable lack of interest in pursuing those behind at least 6.4 Billion in drugs ACTUALLY smuggled into the country, even as thousands of poor Filipinos are dying in the name of the so-called war on drugs,” he added.

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