Ano ka sinuswerte?! Court rejects De Lima’s plea to join online Senate sessions

Ano ka sinuswerte?! Court rejects De Lima’s plea to join online Senate sessions




Not so fast!
The Municipal Trial Court Judge Liezela Aquiatan has handed detained senator Leila De Lima a big NO in her request via motion to be allowed to participate in the Senate sessions and committee hearings via teleconferencing.


“Allowing De Lima to participate in the Senate sessions, committee hearings, and meetings via teleconferencing from within her place of detention is no different from allowing her to attend there physically,” read the order of the magistrate.
detained senator Leila De Lima
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“Allowing her to do so today would be tantamount to allowing her to participate even after state of public health emergency,” she added.
Judge Aquiatan took note of a judicial precedence promulgated by the Supreme Court where it ruled that detained legislators are not allowed to perform their legislative duties as such.
With the said SC ruling, De Lima cannot cite the amended Senate Rules in response to the pandemic which allowed senators to hold teleconferencing in cases when “there is force majeure or occurrence of an emergency.”


“De Lima is prevented to attend the committee meeting or hearings due to her detention,” the judge said.
“Detention is not a force majeure,” she stressed.
De Lima is currently facing three illegal drug charges and have been detained in the Philippine National Police Detention Center in Quezon city since 2017.





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