Dapat lang! SC denies De Lima petition to attend oral arguments on withdrawal from ICCv

SC denied De lima’s plea to represent herself in oral arguments against PH withdrawal from ICC / photo from Inquirer




Manila, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) confirmed that Senator
Leila De Lima’s plea to personally argue against the Philippines’ withdrawal of
its membership from the International Criminal Court has been denied.


With voting result of 10-2, the SC turned down the request
of the senator who has detained due to drug charges.


De Lima has filed a motion to attend and represent herself
at the oral arguments next week for the petition to prevent the country’s
withdrawal from the ICC.


Court spokesman Theodore Te said on Tuesday that except for acting
Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, who voted
in favor of the detained senator, the magistrates found no “compelling reason”
for De Lima to personally appear at the debate.


De Lima, who is currently detained over drugs charges, is
one of the six minority senators who filed a petition to SC to declare “invalid
or ineffective” Manila’s pullout from the Rome Statute, which was ratified
in 2011 without concurrence of at least two-thirds of the members of the
Senate.


President Rodrigo Duterte announced the country’s withdrawal
of membership from the ICC in March.*


De lima doing some paper work inside her detention cell / photo from Google (ctto)

“Likewise, this Honorable Court is respectfully asked
to take judicial notice of its practice of permitting members of Congress to
appear before it and argue their cases. The situation of Senator De Lima is not
different from them,”
her motion read.


However, the court’s spokesman said that SC held that the senator’s
capacity to appear for herself “must yield” to her detention.


The court also pointed out that the petitioners’ cause
against the ICC withdrawal would be “prejudiced by another counsel
appearing in her place.”


“The Court also noted that Senator De Lima, did not, at
any time, plead circumstances or competencies exclusive to her which make her
appearance, to the exclusion of her co-petitioners, imperative and
indispensable,”
Te said.


The oral arguments for the petitions are scheduled on August
14, 2018.


De Lima is a staunch critic of President Duterte, she has
been detained for over a year in connection to her alleged involvement in the
illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). She also repeatedly denied any
involvement to such activities, claiming she is a victim of political
persecution.


The opposition senator is currently detained at the Philippine
National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.


Source: GMA News

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