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De Lima’s team to move for dismissal of her case
De Lima’s team to move for dismissal of her case
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De Lima’s team to move for dismissal of her case
by Ada Pelonia14 November 2023

Former Senator Leila de Lima’s legal counsel on Tuesday, Nov. 14, plans to move for the dismissal of her case using Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206 Judge Gener Gito’s argument that the prosecution had a “total failure” to prove conspiracy among the accused which led to the approval of her bail.

“Mataas po ang kompyansa namin dito dahil meron na po tayong isang order na nagsasabi na yung mga testimonya ng mga witnesses ng panel of prosecutors ay hindi dapat paniwalaan [...] dagdag pa diyan yung statement sa order ni Judge Gito na there was a failure on the part of the prosecution to prove the conspiratorial acts of each and every accused,” Atty. Boni Tacardon told DZRH.

“We will be using this same argument to move for the final dismissal of the case,” he added.

When asked for the next step following De Lima’s release yesterday, Tacardon said they were listening to the prosecution’s formal offer of evidence containing testimonies of 27 witnesses along with “voluminous” documents and affidavits.

“Sa ngayon po ay pinapakinggan natin yung tinatawag na formal offer of evidence ng prosecution [...] Kami po ay binigyan ng sampung araw para pag-aralan ito at mag-submit ng aming comment at as soon as the court resolves the formal offer of evidence, the rules allow us to submit what we call a demurrer to evidence,” Tacardon said.

The demurrer to evidence is an objection from the accused to dismiss the case on the grounds of insufficiency of evidence.

No strategy done on De Lima’s release

When asked about the strategy they used following De Lima’s release, Tacardon underscored that everything was based on facts and records in the case.

“Lahat naman po yan ay nakabase sa ebidensya, sa record ng kaso. Wala naman po talagang espesyal na nangyari dun dahil simula’t sapul naman po naniniwala po kami na ang katotohanan at hustisya’y mananaig,” he said.

“[M]apapatunayan natin na ang mga salaysay sa mga akusasyon laban sa ating dating senadora ay mare-reject ng hukuman. Siya po ay inosente mula pa sa umpisa at alam naming ito’y lalabas at lalabas din sa dulo,” he added.

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