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De Lima opposes presentation of evidence in drug case

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Detained Senator Leila De Lima has opposed the introduction of additional evidence in the drug charges she is facing before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC).

De Lima has filed a motion through her lawyer asking Judge Gener Gito not to allow the presentation of the new evidence including the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) report on the bank accounts of her co-accused including Jose Adrian Dera and the contents of the mobile phone of her other co-accused, New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Peter Co.

Gito is handling the case of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading charged against De Lima.

The senator filed the motion since the new evidence is already contained in the amended pre-trial order which contained evidence that will be presented during the trial.

In her motion, the senator reminded this violates the Supreme Court rules on pre-trial which state that “no evidence shall be allowed to be presented and offered during the trial other than those identified and marked during the pre-trial except when allowed by the court for good cause shown.”

“Closer inspection of the Pre-Trial Order reveals that the Panel manifested that these new evidence were part of the old Pre-Trial and just have to be ‘checked first’ as to their proper marking. However, this is an outright falsehood because these pieces of evidence were only introduced for the first time in Jose Adrian Dera’s Pre-Trial Conference and were never mentioned during the Pre-Trial Conference held on 27 July 2018,” she pointed out.

De Lima is facing a total of three drug charges before the RTC concerning allegations of her involvement in the proliferation of the narcotics trade at the Bilibid.

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