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Ano, hilo? De Lima rejects Guevarra’s ‘bait’ to reveal her legal strategy

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Senator Leila de Lima on Friday said she would “not telegraph” her legal strategy on how to deal with the drug charges filed against her.

De Lima refused to take what she branded as Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s “bait” when he publicly asked her why she has not availed of court bail from trumped-up illegal drug charges hurled against her.

The detained said she would “not give any hint” on how she and her lawyers would defend herself and proceed in the drug cases the government filed against her.

De Lima was detained in February 2017 at the Philippine National Police (PNP) over drug charges. She denied the complaint and described it as political persecution.

“Secretary Guevarra claims that the probable reason why I haven’t applied thus far for bail in my drug cases is because the evidence for the prosecution is strong. That is pure hogwash!” she said.

“[H]ow can a fake charge, a pure invention, have strong evidence? Lies orchestrated from criminal convicts and other so-called “prosecution witnesses” with dubious reputation, are never strong evidence,” she added.

According to her, Guevarra’s public statement is nothing but an attempt to taunt her into divulging her camp’s legal strategies to the public.

“I and my lawyers cannot further comment on the matter of bail, lest we telegraph our legal moves to the prosecution – which is likely the reason for SoJ (Secretary of Justice) Guevarra’s public baiting statement,” de Lima said.

She noted that in October 2019, the Department of Justice deployed an “army of prosecutors” under the direct supervision of the Prosecutor General to solely focus on the cases filed against De Lima at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court.

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