Judge becomes 4th to pull out of De Lima case

November 06, 2018

ANOTHER judge handling the illegal drugs charges filed against detained Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday inhibited herself from the case.

In an order, Muntinlupa regional trial court Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo said: “The Court finds no sufficient ground to inhibit herself from conducting trial, however, in order to show good faith to all parties concerned and being within the discretionary power of this Court, the undersigned presiding judge recused herself from trying this case.”

De Lima claimed that Domingo, the 4th judge to inhibit from the case, exhibited “manifest bias, partiality, and hostility” toward her.

Also, De Lima accused Domingo of “prematurely ruling” against her motion to disqualify some of the prosecution’s witnesses.

De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is facing charges for her alleged involvement in the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison, as head of the Justice Department from 2010 to 2015.

She was arrested February 2017 and remains in detention at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

De Lima denied the allegations and claims to be a victim of political persecution.