Carpio to SC: Why not enable De Lima to argue on ICC withdrawal?
If other senators, prominent personalities facing nonbailable offenses been allow temporary furlough
for varied reasons – from birthday to Christmas furlough to dental checkup – acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
can’t see why Sen. Leila De Lima has not been allowed to argue her own case regarding the legality of the Duterte
administration’s withdrawal of membership from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“Considering that this Court and the Sandiganbayan have, on numerous instances and for varied reasons, grant a temporary furlough to senators and others charged with nonbailable offenses, then all the more reason exists to grant the request of Senator De Lima to personally appear and represent herself during the Oral Arguments in these consolidated petitions.”
That was what Carpio said in his dissenting opinion on the majority decision of the Supreme Court to deny De Lima’s request to argue on behalf of minority senators in their petition before the high court.
Contradict for the greatest choice
Relate Justice Francis Jardeleza likewise contradict from the greater part choice.
Carpio particularly refers to the instance of previous President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, now House Speaker, who was permitted by the Sandiganbayan when she was all the while confronting a case for loot – a nonbailable offense – to go on a Christmas leave in 2014. The Supreme Court likewise enabled her to go on a Christmas and New Year vacation in 2015 and 2016 and on a birthday leave of absence in April 2016.
He additionally said the Sandiganbayan’s choice permitting previous Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who is likewise confronting a loot case, to go to the 80th birthday celebration of his dad, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada; go to the graduation of his child; look for treatment for his shoulder; and visit his debilitated relative.
Sandiganbayan push through Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.
Carpio likewise noticed that the Sandiganbayan additionally permitted previous Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to go through Christmas with his family in 2017; experience dental examination; visit his child Jolo at the Asian Hospital; and visit his sickly dad, previous Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr.
The acting Chief Justice included that the Supreme Court itself permitted previous Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, who is likewise confronting a loot case before the Sandiganbayan, to post safeguard in light of his propelled age.
“Congressperson De Lima’s entitlement to contend her own particular case on a grave protected issue, joined by PNP [Philippine National Police[ faculty, is unquestionably a more legitimate explanation behind an allow of appearance under the watchful eye of this Court than to go to birthday festivities or school graduations, or appreciate Christmas and New Year leaves of absence,” Carpio said.