Limited media coverage of De Lima trial allowed

November 23, 2018

THE Supreme Court has provisionally allowed media coverage of the drugs case hearings of detained Sen. Leila de Lima before the Muntinlupa regional trial court pending the creation of official guidelines for the press at her trial.

In a resolution, the SC directed the clerk of court of the Muntinlupa RTC to “grant courtroom access to as many media representatives as may be accommodated” during hearings on De Lima’s drug case.

The order stemmed from popular online news outfit Rappler’s request to be allowed media access to De Lima.

Pending the crafting of guidelines, the court said at least four journalists should be allowed to cover the proceedings.

While access is temporarily granted to journalists on a draw-lots basis, cameras and recording devices are still not allowed inside the courtroom.

De Lima is facing three cases of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading before the Muntinlupa RTC for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary during her time as justice secretary.