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Senators no-show at SC hearing on PH withdrawal from ICC

/ 03:40 PM August 28, 2018
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Senator Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Minority senators failed to appear on Tuesday’s oral argument that questions the validity of the government’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

During the start of the oral argument, a certain Atty. Anna Marie Corominas made a manifestation that the minority senators still need to decide about representation.

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READ: Pangilinan to ask SC to let De Lima join hearings on ICC withdrawal

Corominas asked the high court that the senators be allowed to participate on next week’s session.

Detained Senator Leila De Lima was supposed to argue on behalf of the minority senators but her bid was denied by the Supreme Court.

De Lima as well as the other minority senators filed separate motions for reconsideration, which were also denied by the high court.

READ: SC: Legal competence to argue ICC case not exclusive to De Lima

Aside from De Lima, her co-petitioners include Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV and Riza Hontiveros said they have yet to receive a copy of the high court’s resolution denying the request of detained Senator Leila De Lima to argue on behalf of the Senate on the oral argument set for August 14 to August 28.

Oral argument is ongoing. /jpv

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