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De Lima refuses to enter plea for ‘disobedience to summons’ case

Philippine Senator Leila De Lima REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Philippine Senator Leila De Lima REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Senator Leila De Lima was arraigned today for the ‘disobedience to summons’ case filed against her at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34.

De Lima arrived in court after lunch.   The lady senator was greeting by her supporters, calling for her release.

De Lima, wearing a blue long sleeves blouse, and a blue scarf, smiled at her supporters, and raised her hand forming the trademark sign of the Liberal Party.

The Senator also refused to enter any plea, prompting Judge Maria Ludmila De Lio Lim to file a not guilty plea in her behalf.

De Lima was charged with ‘disobedience to summons’ after it was revealed that the Senator told her ex-boyfriend/bodyguard Ronnie Dayan to hide, and not to appear in the investigation of the House of Representatives regarding the New Bilibid Drug Trade.

The Lower House also filed an ethics complaint against De Lima to the Senate.

This is the first time that the Senator appeared in public after being arrested for drug trafficking.

De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

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