JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday maintained that jailed opposition Sen. Leila de Lima is facing three non-bailable illegal drug charges.
Guevarra issued the statement in reaction to de Lima's second bail motion before the Muntinlupa City regional trial court.
"That’s her prerogative (to file a motion for bail) but note that she is facing three drug-related cases, all of which are non-bailable," Guevarra said in a brief Viber message to reporters.
On Friday, de Lima filed a motion for bail before Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 regarding Criminal Case No. 17-165. She said the evidence against her is weak and will not stand judicial scrutiny.
Ronnie Dayan, the lawmaker's former driver, is her co-accused in the case. They were accused of conspiring and confederating with each other to commit illegal drugs trading.
The Department of Justice charged them with conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading, violation of Section 26 (b) in relation to Section 5, Section 3 (jj), and Section 28 of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Last month, de Lima filed a motion for bail for Criminal Case No. 17-166, citing the same basis as insufficiency of evidence. Jose Adrian Dera alias "Jad De Vera" and "Jad, " the alleged bagman and de Lima's nephew, is her co-accused.
The DOJ has opposed de Lima’s motion for bail, saying the prosecution has enough evidence against her, and a bail hearing would only delay the court proceedings.
De Lima is currently detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame. She was accused of allegedly benefiting from illegal drugs when she was still justice secretary.