Detained Senator Leila De Lima asked the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RT) to recall third arrest warrant issued against her and to halt her arraignment.
De Lima’s lawyers has filed before Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 a motion to recall the arrest warrant it issued last November 16 as well as postpone her scheduled arraignment this December 8.
“It is incumbent upon this Court to hold in abeyance the scheduled arraignment,” read her motion.
“Otherwise, such an act would be tantamount to this Court pre-empting the Supreme Court, and arrogating unto herself the authority to have a final say on the jurisprudential effect of the Supreme Court’s decision,” she pointed out.
After the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 issued an arrest warrant which led to her detention, De Lima filed before the Supreme Court (SC) a petition seeking the nullification of the order.
Though the SC voted 9-6 to deny her petition last October, De Lima appealed for the high tribunal to grant her petition.
Apart from Branches 204 and 206, Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 also issued an arrest warrant against her.
De Lima is facing before the RTC three drug charges over her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).