DOJ opposes bail for De Lima

July 29, 2020
Leila De Lima

THE Department of Justice has opposed the motion for bail filed by detained Sen. Leila de Lima before the Muntinlupa regional trial court, which was trying one of several anti-illegal drugs charges filed against her. 

Government prosecutors opposed de Lima's motion, saying the evidence against her was strong, and a bail hearing would only delay the proceedings against her. 

Furthermore, the DOJ said that De Lima was "taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic" knowing that the prosecution’s movement would be limited should the court directs them to present evidence for purposes of a bail hearing. 

"In her motion, accused de Lima moves for bail on the ground that, basically, there is no proof that the evidence against her is strong, or she is a flight risk. On the contrary, if accused de Lima truly believes that the evidence against her is weak, she should have filed the instant motion at very first instance, " the DOJ's opposition read. 

De Lima is facing three separate drugs charges in different courts. In Criminal Case No. 17-166, Jose Adrian Dera, alias “Jad De Vera” and “Jad” was her co-accused.

De Vera was the alleged bagman and nephew of De Lima. He allegedly served as the lawmaker's middleman in receiving P70 million from drug lords in the New Bilibid Prison as well as in the alleged extortion of P30 million from inmate Peter Co.

De Lima denied that Dera is a relative. "He is not my nephew. He has not worked for me as an aide or in any capacity,” she said.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra had said before that De Lima should have filed a motion for bail on her illegal drugs charges a long time ago if she thought the evidence against her is weak.

"Senator de Lima should have done this a long time ago if she really thought that all the evidence against her were fabricated," Guevarra said. 

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 the justice secretary.