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Supreme Court Puts Down Sen. De Lima’s Petition Against Pres. Duterte

DE LIMA – Detained Senator Leila de Lima’s petition against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was junked by the Supreme Court.

Since the start of the Duterte administration, it’s no secret to the public that Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima are not in good terms. The two (2) politicians have exchanged tirades several times.

The President accused the lady Senator that she is involved in the drug trade. One of the campaign promises of the former Davao City Mayor is to end the presence of drugs in the Philippines.

President rodrigo Roa Duterte
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On her part, Sen. Leila de Lima has put down several times the accusations against her. Some people working for the lady Senator were also investigated including her ex-boyfriend and driver Ronnie Dayan.

Currently, the lady Senator is detained over the charges against her. It was in February 2017 when she surrendered to the authorities following the release of a warrant of arrest.

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Regarding the exchange of tirades, the Senator filed a petition seeking to stop Pres. Duterte from attacking her verbally. According to her, the statements of the Presidents affected her right to life, liberty, and security so she filed a petition for habeas data.

Recently, the decision of the court regarding the petition was released. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Supreme Court junked the petition of Sen. Leila de Lima against Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

The Court dismissed the petition under a 13-0 voting with one (1) justice on leave. Based on the report, the SC asserted that the President is still protected by the presidential immunity and it has “no distinction”.

The Court suggested that the Senator must wait until the President is done with his term through impeachment or resignation. As of this writing, the Senator has yet to release a statement.

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