After 3 years! : De Lima files in RTC motion for bail

After 3 years! : De Lima files in RTC motion for bail

Detained Senator Leila De Lima is now thinking she wants to be out on bail after more than three years being detained in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Detention Center in Quezon City.
The opposition senator has formally and legally asked the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) to grant her motion for bail for the charges of drug charges filed against her name.

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall be presumed innocent until the contrary is proved,” read her motion for bail.

Senator Leila De Lima
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“The presumption of innocence is rooted in the guarantee of due process, and safeguarded by the constitutional right to be released on bail, and further binds the Court to wait until after trial to impose punishment on the accused,” she stated.
De Lima cited Supreme Court rulings, highlighting that the High Court granted bail to former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who is facing multiple charges at the Sandiganbayan over his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.
“Bail is a matter of right prior conviction by the Regional Trial Court for any offense not punishable by death, reclusion perpetua, or life imprisonment, or even prior to conviction for an offense punishable by death, reclusion perpetua, or life imprisonment when evidence of guilt is not strong.” De Lima cited in her motion for bail.

The opposition senator pointed out “the prosecution, after presenting most of its witnesses, miserably failed to establish the required proof evident or presumption great that accused De LIma violated Section 26(b) in relation to Section 5 and Section 3(jj) of R.A. 9165 (the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).”

President Duterte’s critic is facing three drug charges in her involvement in illegal drug trade while she was secretary of the Department of Justice at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

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