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Try again! Opposition senators urge SC anew to let De Lima out for ICC withdrawal oral arguments


Opposition senators continue to insist that detained Senator Leila De Lima should participate in the August 14 oral arguments over their petition seeking to invalidate the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The senators have filed an appeal asking the Supreme Court (SC) to reconsider its August 7 ruling denying her petition to join the oral arguments.

Those who made the appeal are De Lima and Senators Francis Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV.

They explained to the SC that “at present, Petioners-Senators do not have a representative for the oral arguments on 14 August 2018 whom they deem able to fully articulate their position before the Honorable Court.”

De Lima continues to be detained in Camp Crame in connection with drug charges she is facing.

In the meantime, the senators also asked the SC to reset the oral arguments to 28 while their appeal remains pending.

The six senators earlier filed a petition asking the SC to stop President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to have the country withdraw from the ICC.

“As a treaty validly entered into by the Philippines, the Rome Statute has the same status as an enactment of Congress. In other words, the Rome Statute is a law in the Philippines. As a law, the withdrawal from the Rome Statute requires the participation of Congress,” read their petition.