THE Supreme Court yesterday appointed a new judge to handle one of the drugs cases the government filed against detained opposition leader Senator Leila de Lima.
In Administrative Order No. 38-2020 signed by Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta, Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Grace Chavez-Ty was designated as acting presiding judge of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 256.
On Tuesday, De Lima asked SC to assign another judge to handle one of her drugs cases now pending before the Muntinlupa City RTC.
De Lima said Judge Antonietta Medina has informed her camp that she would no longer conduct any more hearings in Criminal Case No. 17-167 entitled People of the Philippines vs. de Lima, Bucayu, Elli, Sebastian, Dayan, Sanchez, and Dera.
Branch 256 was handling one of De Lima’s anti-drugs cases, which was filed by the Department of Justice following her alleged complicity in illegal drugs trade when she was still the justice secretary.
De Lima is currently detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame, Quezon City as she faces three drug charges filed by the Department of Justice before the courts.