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Pacquiao to De Lima: Respect SC decision

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Senator Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday urged the camp of his detained colleague, Sen. Leila de Lima to just accept the Supreme Court’s decision junking her petition effectively seeking her release from jail.

“Although syempre kasama natin ‘yan (si Sen. De Lima), sa atin is we (should) honor the decision of the SC. Hindi natin pwedeng kalabanin o tutulan (‘yan),” he said when sought by reporters for his reaction on the high court’s ruling.

Voting 9 to 6, nine high court magistrates dismissed for lack of merit, the petition filed by De Lima seeking to nullify the arrest warrant issued against her on one of the three drug charges filed against her.

The warrant was issued by Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC) Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero last Feb. which caused her detention at the Philippine National Police’ (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

Pacquiao, who practically moved for the ouster of De Lima from being chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights in Sept. last year, said the issue concerning De Lima should be left to be resolved by the courts.

“That’s a different body,” he said, adding that the Senate cannot interfere for or in behalf of the senator.

In a motion introduced by Pacquiao, days ahead of the second appearance of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato who implicated President Duterte in alleged extrajudicial killings in Davao City few years ago, he moved to declare the justice committee’s chairmanship and membership vacant.

Sixteen senators supported Pacquiao’s move, four voted against and two abstained.

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