De Lima needs convicts out from affirming in medication body of evidence against her
Sen. Leila de Lima has asked the Muntinlupa court to disqualify convicts as the state prosecution’s witnesses in the drug case against her.
De Lima asked Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 to disqualify 13 of the prosecution’s witnesses for being convicted of crimes with
moral turpitude that, she said, goes against the law on state witnesses.
Besides, De Lima cited Section 10 of the Republic Act 6981, or the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act that states that a state witness may be admit
to the program if “he has not at any time been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.”
The senator pointed out that the prosecution has presented witnesses who are convicted of crimes:
Nonilo Arile: Murder, grabbing
Jojo Baligad: Murder
Herbert Colanggo: Robbery with Homicide
Engelberto Durano: Frustrated homicide, murder
Rodolfo Magleo: Kidnapping for payoff
Vicente Sy: Illegal deal and conveyance of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu)
Hans Tan: Robbery, coordinate attack with homicide
Froilan Trestiza: Kidnapping
Diminish Co: Illegal deal and conveyance of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu)
Noel Martinez: Kidnapping for payment
Joel Capones: Homicide
German Agojo: Illegal deal and conveyance of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu)
Jaime Patcho: Kidnapping for payment
Turpitude incorporate burglary
Nevertheless, as indicated by the Supreme Court, wrongdoings of good turpitude incorporate burglary, murder, crime, blackmail and infringement of the Dangerous Drugs Act.
“Regardless of reality, they still conced, but illicitly, as State Witnesses and allow invulnerability under the Witness Protection Program of the administration,” her movement read.
“Their rejection from the data is in this way unlawful and without bases. Regardless of whether they affirm, they can’t benefit of in susceptibility that
allowed wrongfully and that void abdominal muscle initio,” the movement additionally read.
The court presently can’t seem to follow up on her request recorded last September 3.
The Department of Justice at first accused De Lima of illicit medication exchange. State examiners, driven by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, later revised the charge sheet and accused the representative of trick to submit illicit medication exchange.
Hence, she been blame for permitting the multiplication of medications inside the New Bilibid Prison, amid her stretch as equity secretary.
De Lima been keep Camp Crame since February a year ago.