De Lima eyes Reyes reprise

This handout photo taken and released on October 9, 2022 by the office of Senator Risa Hontiveros shows jailed Philippine human rights campaigner Leila de Lima at the national police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City in Suburban Manila, after de Lima was briefly taken hostage during an attempted breakout by three prison inmates who were shot dead by police. (Photo by Handout / OFFICE OF SENATOR RISA HONTIVEROS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / OFFICE OF SENATOR RISA HONTIVEROS” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

The camp of detained former Senator Leila de Lima is looking at adopting the arguments presented by lawyer Gigi Reyes before the Supreme Court to gain a temporary release.

Lawyer Boni Tacordon, the counsel of De Lima, said her team welcomes the decision of the High Court in granting Reyes’ petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which they can probably use as a legal step to free his client.

Tacordon said they are happy with the development and likewise congratulated Reyes, former chief of staff of former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, on his victory before the SC.

The lawyer said the legal team of De Lima is looking into the possible applicability or similarity of the ruling on the case of the former senator.

The SC ordered Reyes, tagged in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam, released from the Taguig City Jail Female Dormitory on Thursday “by virtue of petition for habeas corpus granted in a resolution dated 17 January 2023 by the First Division of the Supreme Court.”

In a 19-page resolution, the SC said Reyes’ nine-year confinement has “become oppressive thus infringing upon her right to liberty.”

“The grant of the writ of habeas corpus does not entail determination of the principal case. What is secured is merely the petitioner’s provisional liberty due to vexatious, capricious, and oppressive delays in the trial,” the resolution said.

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