MANILA, Philippines – Responding to a recent remark by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Senator Leila De Lima’s case, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has maintained the government did not fabricate the charges against the detained lawmaker.
Aguirre said everyone has their own opinion on the said case but he doesn’t believed the illegal drugs charges against De Lima was ‘invented’, as Carpio alleged.
“That’s his opinion. Siyempre may kanya-kanyang opinion ‘yan but I don’t believe so. Kailanman ay hindi naging fake ang kasong ‘yan. Otherwise we should’t have prosecuted it,” GMA News quoted Aguirre as saying.
[That’s his opinion, Of course, everyone has his own opinion but I don’t believe so. It (the case vs. De Lima) was never a fake. Otherwise we shouldn’t have prosecuted it.]
The Justice official was reacting to Carpio’s statement in an interview; describing the charges against De Lima “blatantly as pure invention” and “fake”.
“The accusation of illegal trade of drugs against petitioner is blatantly a pure invention,” said Carpio. “This Court, the last bulwark of democracy and liberty in the land, should never countenance such a fake charge.”
Carpio was one of the 6 SC magistrates who voted early this month in favor of De Lima’s petition to dismiss the arrest order issued by Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 in February.
Aguirre said Carpio’s opinion belongs to the minority and they’d rather go with the majority; referring to the 9 justices who voted to junk the senator’s petition.