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SC picks new judge to handle De Lima’s cases

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The Supreme Court (SC) appointed on Thursday (Jan. 23) a magistrate who will handle one of the drug charges against detained Senator Leila De Lima.

In an administrative order, the SC designated Manila Judge Grace Chavez-Ty as presiding judge of Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 256.

The SC said the appoinment is “effective immediately, and to continue until the appointment and assumption of judicial functions of the regular judge thereat, or until further notice from this Court.”

The high court gave the order De Lima wrote to Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez asking for the appointment of a new judge at RTC Branch 256.

On the other hand, Marquez said the appointment was made not in response to De Lima’s request.

“We were actually processing her designation na when I was informed of Sen. De Lima’s letter,” he revealed.

In her letter, De Lima complained that the resolution of her drug charges is facing delay Judge Antonietta Medina of RTC Branch 256 has been inhibiting in handling her cases.

The senator is facing three drug charges before various Muntinlupa RTC branches in connection with her alleged involvement in the proliferation of the narcotics trading at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

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