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Para bumilis ang kaso! De Lima asks SC to assign new judge for drug case

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Concerned over the delay in the proceedings, detained Senator Leila De Lima has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to appoint a new judge to handle her drug case before the regional trial court (RTC).

In her letter addressed to Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez dated January 20, De Lima said Judge Gener Gito of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 256 has been replaced by Judge Antonietta Medina of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 276 to handle one of her drug cases under Criminal Case No. 17-167.

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

“As Judge Medina has already inhibited twice from one of other pending RTC cases, my counsels and I have recently been informed that she will not be conducting hearings for Criminal Case No. 17-167,” the senator told Marquez.

Since she got detained on February, 24, 2017 for drug charges, De Lima lamented that “only five out of fifty-four identified prosecution witnesses have been called to testify.”

“In view of the foregoing developments we fervently hope that your good office would act earnestly and immediately on the matter of appointing a presiding judge to hear Criminal Case No. 17-167 pending before RTC Muntinlupa Br. 256,” she pleaded.

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