High Court poised to reject de Lima’s petition for release from jail

The majority of the Supreme Court judges are set to reject Senator Leila de Lima’s petition for her release from jail and for the dismissal of the illegal drug charges filed against her, The Manila Times Online reported on Monday.

Highly-placed Supreme Court sources said, after a series of deliberations, the high court decided to include in the agenda for Tuesday the voting on de Lima’s case and they agreed to vote on the case on that date.

The voting is expected at 9-6 or 8-7 against de Lima who is detained at the custodial centre of the Philippine National Police.
According to the sources, there are six judges who are in favour of de Lima’s petition. Of the six, five have separately issued dissenting opinions to the draft decision ditching the senator’s petition.

Chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has voted in favour of de Lima. She and de Lima are close allies and both were appointees of former President BenignoAquino 3rd .

President Rodrigo Duterte’s has four appointees in the tribunal and they are likely to vote against the senator.

The sources said that Justice Presbitero Velasco has swayed the majority to dismiss the petition on the basis of his revised draft decision.