Leila de Lima

No need for Janet Napoles: Cases vs LP lawmakers pending at Ombudsman

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Lawyer Levito Baligod had previously filed pork scam cases against 17 Liberal Party (LP) legislators and 8 non-LP legislators

CASES VS LP. Lawyer Levito Baligod is pursuing other pork barrel scam cases against members of opposition Liberal Party (LP) pending now at the Office of the Ombudsman.

ICC withdrawal 'beginning of the end' for Duterte – De Lima

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:25 PM

'No right thinking nation or leader will follow the lead of your deranged President, except perhaps those who are also likely candidates for [International Criminal Court] investigation and prosecution,' Senator Leila De Lima tells Harry Roque

END FOR DUTERTE. Senator Leila De Lima says Philippine government withdrawal from the ICC is the end of Duterte.

De Lima: Aguirre perfect for Duterte's 'corrupt' gov't

Mar 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Senator Leila de Lima also says alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles 'is an ideal witness' for a government that is only interested in silencing dissent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the sidelines of the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on September 26, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A horrific cleanup job

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

How far Duterte has actually gone with his authoritarianism gives us some sense of his pace and where he might be taking us. And it's decidedly a fast and determined pace, made possible by a coopted legislature and an agreeable majority of the Supreme Court.

'#DuwagDuterte!' says De Lima over PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls President Rodrigo Duterte a 'coward' for pulling the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court

Photo courtesy of Office of Senator Leila de Lima

De Lima demands DOJ: Show physical evidence against me

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:11 AM

De Lima’s camp will manifest to the court the different standards that DOJ applied to the senator and to Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa, who were earlier cleared of drug trading by a prosecution panel

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

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De Lima medical test shows 'benign' liver mass

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima assures supporters there is 'nothing to worry about,' adding there is no need for an operation

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Robredo: How can DOJ clear self-confessed drug lord Espinosa?

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Senators say the recommendation of a Department of Justice panel to drop charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa proves that the drug war is 'anti-poor' and a 'sham'

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the ADP Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Talk on March 13, 2018. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Francis Tolentino: De Lima cheated in 2016

Mar 12, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Tolentino, former chief of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), claims a 'super service of Amazon dot com' from Seattle, Washington is used in the supposed cheating

Muntinlupa court grants De Lima 1-day medical furlough

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's personal physician has recommended a CT scan after he found an 'impression of a liver mass' during a routine checkup of the detained lawmaker in Camp Crame

CONCERN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Detained Senator Leila de Lima says "concern for human rights" is never irrelevant as she addresses current issues in one of her public appearances on July 21, 2017 after her hearing at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The Senate’s debt to history

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

How far will the Senate carry the fight?

De Lima files bill to guarantee equal rights and protection for spouses

Mar 10, 2018 - 2:46 PM

The bill seeks to amend several provisions in the Family Code that promote inequality between spouses

EQUAL. Senator Leila de Lima's proposed bill seeks to address articles in the Family Code of the Philippines that promote inequality between spouses.

[OPINION] Injustice in the Court of Appeals: The Ortega case

Mar 03, 2018 - 6:00 PM

When the evidence is controverted, when the respondent cannot irrefutably show he is not the one they seek, the bias is for process, truth-telling, and the fires of trial

De Lima to seek court OK to attend Sereno impeachment trial

Mar 03, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III has said he would not exclude detained Senator Leila de Lima from the voting process

PNP escort detained senator Leila de Lima at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial on Friday, to attend a hearing for the "Disobedience of Summons" Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A last stand for national redemption

Mar 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Senate is called upon to make a stand for truth, freedom, and justice, indeed for the nation’s redemption – a stand not improbably the last of such not only in its turn but in this generation and the next, perhaps for even longer

De Lima seeks inquiry into anti-money laundering law compliance

Mar 03, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'Duterte should never be exempted from investigation and accountability,' says Senator Leila de Lima

NO REGRETS. Senator Leila de Lima is seen in this photo walking past her former bodyguard and boyfriend Ronnie Dayan (lower right) at a Senate hearing. File photo

Judge who ordered De Lima’s arrest: Sereno did not call me

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'It may be unusual but in this particular case, I don’t think she meddled in our decisions,' Judge Guerrero says of the calls made by an SC official

NO CALLS. Judge Juanita Guerrero (right) appears before the Senate justice committee hearing the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte defends 'shoot in the vagina' remark

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this 'sarcasm' is directed at female rebels who bear children while still with the New People's Army

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

De Lima detention shows justice system is 'alive' – Roque

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'Let us therefore refrain from influencing the outcome of her case,' says Presidential Spokesperson Roque as Senator De Lima marks her first year in jail

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque informs entrepreneurs during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that a total of P2-billion will be allotted to two programs of the Department of Trade and Industry. The two programs include the 'Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso' Micro Loan Program and the shared service facilities, equipment project that aims to develop micro, small and medium enterprises. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aquino, Roxas visit De Lima as she marks 1st year in jail

Feb 24, 2018 - 5:56 PM

Ex-president Benigno Aquino III says he remembers the 'stresses and tribulations' of his father, late Ninoy Aquino, who was imprisoned during Martial Law

VISIT. Political allies of Senator Leila de Lima visit her at the PNP Custodial Center on Sunday, marking her 1st year in jail. Sourced photo

De Lima says no regrets in love, no fear of death

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:44 PM

'I fell in love. I fell out of love. We were happy for a time,' says Senator Leila de Lima about Ronnie Dayan, her former lover turned accuser

ONE YEAR. The photo taken a year ago on February 23, 2017, during Senator Leila de Lima's press conference after an arrest warrant was issued against her. File Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

[OPINION | Newspoint] The great sellout

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:00 PM

If we think the ultimate danger is native, Marcos-style authoritarianism, we really have not been looking. What we stand to lose this time is not just our freedom, but our sovereignty, our identity, our very soul as a nation

[OPINION] Lesson from prison: How political persecution keeps the ideals of democracy alive

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:18 AM

You cannot kill or jail an idea. By persecuting the messenger, you strengthen it.

Archbishop Villegas to De Lima: Your detention is 'biggest symbol' of PH decay

Feb 23, 2018 - 9:11 PM

'I do not know why God is allowing all this moral decay to happen to our country,' says Archbishop Villegas as Senator De Lima marks her first year in jail

IN PRAYER. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas prays before an image of Our Lady of Fatima during the 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday on November 5, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Amnesty Int'l urges PH gov't to release De Lima

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'It is a sad state of affairs when the Philippines government is more interested in jailing critics than preventing police from killing thousands of mainly poor people,' says Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific James Gomez

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes calls on Senate to defend De Lima, press freedom, right to life

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senator Manny Pacquiao question the claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as they defend President Rodrigo Duterte

File photo by Rappler

Senate panel junks ethics complaints vs De Lima, Lacson, Trillanes

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(4TH UPDATE) The Senate ethics committee cites lack of jurisdiction in dismissing the 3 ethics complaints filed against Senator Leila de Lima

DETAINED SENATOR. The Senate committee on ethics has junked the ethics complaints against Senator Leila de Lima. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima: One year of living and surviving in jail

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:16 AM

A year on, President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic has learned to live the life she said she does not deserve – with the help of her family, friends, and cats

FIRST YEAR IN JAIL. Senator Leila de Lima has learned to live with life she says she does not deserve, after being imprisoned for alleged drug trafficking charges.

Much ado about calls: Judges hit for ‘late’ warrants vs De Lima

Feb 19, 2018 - 9:02 PM

House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali allows the hearing of the impeachment complaint against Sereno to drag on for hours circling on the same issues

Resource persons, Amelia Fabros-Corpuz, Presiding Judge of Muntinlupa (left), Patia Manalastas-De Leon, Presiding Judge of RTC Muntinlupa (center) and Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino, Deputy Court Administrator of Supreme Court, testifies before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018, during the continuation of the hearing on the determination of probable cause in the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Judges handling De Lima cases deny getting a call from Sereno

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) 'That is a brazen lie!' Muntinlupa Judge Amelia Fabros Corpuz tells former Court of Appeals justice and now Leyte Representative Veloso when he says she creates the impression somebody told her not to issue an arrest warrant against De Lima

JUDGES. Muntinlupa RTC judges Amelia Fabros-Corpuz (left) and Patria Manalastas-De Leon (right) testify before the House Committee on Justice on February 19, 2018 during the House impeachment hearing against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Shoot rebels in the vagina? Duterte is ‘a damaged man’

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Leila de Lima: ‘[Duterte’s order] is a threat against soldiers…because this is a man that would take the honor, dignity, integrity, patriotism, and professionalism of a Filipino soldier, and manipulate it to satisfy his own brutality and bloodlust.’

Malacañang to HRW: De Lima not a martyr for justice

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:57 PM

'She is facing charges of criminal nature, plain and simple,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in response to the call of Human Rights Watch to free Senator Leila de Lima after a year in jail

De Lima's 1st year in jail: 3 judges inhibit, one retires early

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Judge Antonietta Medina of Branch 276 inhibits twice in the cases against Senator Leila de Lima, her classmate and kumare

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima supporters call for her release after a year in jail

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The detained senator's supporters launch 'Buwan ni Leila,' a month-long series of activities to fight for her freedom

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] On Martial Law extension 2.0: Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:29 PM

'Dapat mas marunong at handang manindigan ang Korte Suprema kapag pasaway ang nasa Malacañang at Kongreso,' says Senator Leila de Lima

De Lima dares Duterte: Support UN-led probe into drug war deaths

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:15 AM

'If he has nothing to hide, then it’s high time for the President to support the independent investigation into the human rights violations and abuses incessantly happening under his regime,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLER. Senator Leila de Lima tells the international community that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a 'self-confessed serial killer.'

De Lima urges ICC to act with urgency: Killings still happening

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The detained senator says the theory of immunity must be challenged at this point, saying that the drafters of the Constitution did not anticipate 'this magnitude of killings' in the hands of a 'notorious president'

ELECTORAL REFORM. Senator Leila De Lima, chairman of the committee on electoral reform, seeks to move election offices out of local government units to avoid conflict. File photo by Joseph Vidal

Ombudsman clears De Lima in ‘empty’ Abu Sayyaf complaint

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:22 PM

De Lima, former Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan Sr, and 3 others are accused of conspiring to free from jail suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists but the Ombudsman says there is no probable cause for an indictment

Senator Leila De Lima during her press conference at Senate on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Dulay

[OPINION | Newspoint] The conscience of our time

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Leila de Lima’s story bears constant retelling. Her trials are our trials, her tragedy is our tragedy.

De Lima slams rival Tolentino: 'You simply lost'

Feb 03, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'Wake up and stop your imaginings,' Senator Leila de Lima tells defeated senatorial bet Francis Tolentino, who is accusing her of election fraud

ELECTORAL PROTEST. The Senate Electoral Tribunal begins its manual recount of the votes of 12th placer Senator Leila de Lima and losing 13th placer Francis Tolentino.

De Lima files bill to create Comelec field offices

Jan 27, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The senator, a former election lawyer, says this is to preserve the independence of the poll body from local government units that own the buildings

SPARE MY FAMILY. Senator Leila De Lima asks President Rodrigo Duterte to spare her friends and family from possible harassment. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Judge who ordered De Lima’s arrest inhibits from case

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Judge Juanita Guerrero also orders that the court shall proceed with De Lima's case

De Lima hits Calida for 'cover-up' of drug war documents

Jan 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

'Just like his master Duterte, Solicitor General Jose Calida has no word of honor,' Senator Leila de Lima says

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida

De Lima hits CA ruling on ex-Palawan governor Reyes' release

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is no 'miracle' here, only a gross miscarriage of justice,' says Senator Leila de Lima, referring to the decision penned by Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro

Senator Leila De Lima files a Writ of Habeas Data before the Supreme Court in Manila on Monday, November 7, 2016, against President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima to ask permission to attend impeach hearings in Senate

Jan 08, 2018 - 6:23 PM

De Lima and her charges for drug trading are also part of the impeachment complaint against Sereno

PNP escort detained senator Leila de Lima at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial on Friday, to attend a hearing for the "Disobedience of Summons" Photo by DARREN LANGIT

8 legal stories to keep an eye on in 2018

Jan 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

From complaints against former president Benigno Aquino III to controversies at the Bureau of Customs, here are high-profile cases to watch this year