De Lima: Follow protocols to prosecute judges with link to drugs

SENATOR Leila de Lima on Sunday said that President Rodrigo Duterte must set up procedures according to law if he wants to hold accountable the judges allegedly involved in illegal drug trade in the country.

In an interview with radio DZBB on Sunday, the senator--who served as Justice secretary during the last administration--said that she has no objections when Duterte identified the judges with alleged links to illegal drugs.

"Yung pag-papangalan ng pangulo [sa mga judges] wala akong nakitang medyo objectionable dyan. Pero yung protocols lang, yung proseso ang kailangan pag-usapan," De Lima said.

The senator also said that every step that the president will pursue against members of the judiciary must be in coordination with the Supreme Court (SC).

"Kailangan lahat should be in coordination with the Supreme Court," De Lima said.

During Duterte's speech in Davao City on Saturday, he identified politicians, members of the security forces, and the judiciary involved in illegal drug trade.

Present and former members of the judiciary that Duterte named are the following:

Judge Mupas--Dasmariñas, Cavite
Judge Reyes--Baguio City
Judge Savilo--RTC Branch 13, Iloilo City
Judge Casiple--Kalibo, Aklan
Judge Rene Gonzales--MTC (unidentified)
Judge Natividad--RTC, Calbayog City
Judge Ezekiel Dagala--MTC, Dapa Siargao

After his speech, the President ordered the judges to report to the SC within 24 hours. However, Only Mupas has confirmed that she will comply with Duterte's order. (Sunnex)
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