Dispatch from Crame No. 222: Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s statement on Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 Judge Guerrero’s decision to inhibit from hearing the drug case against the Senator.

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The news of the inhibition of Judge Guerrero is a welcome one.

We do not rejoice that it became necessary to ask for the inhibition of a member of the judiciary, but circumstances, and especially the way she has thus far handled the case, have shown that it had to happen if justice has any chance of being truly and faithfully served.

This is not just my own personal fight, but a fight to make sure that the justice system is not being exploited by the rich and powerful as a tool to oppress their enemies. If it can be done to a sitting senator to silence and destroy her, it can be done to anyone, especially the most vulnerable.

We count this as a step in the right direction, but we have to remain vigilant in ensuring that constitutional and human rights are not again trampled upon. Judges, after all, are among those who ought to be at the forefront of our fight for justice. ###

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