SC denies De Lima’s request to attend oral arguments on ICC

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In this photo taken on February 16, 2017, Philippine Senator Leila de Lima arriving at the Senate session hall in Manila. — AFP

The High Court dismissed detained Senator Leila M. De Lima’s motion for reconsideration regarding her petition to personally appear in the oral arguments of the Philippines’ exit from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Supreme Court (SC) said in a statement on Friday that it “denied the pending Motion for Reconsideration” of Ms. De Lima.

“The Court, in denying petitioner’s motion for reconsideration, found that no new argument had been presented to warrant a reconsideration of its earlier resolution,” the SC said.

The High Court already denied Ms. De Lima’s manifestation with motion to attend the oral arguments in its en banc session last August 14. The detained senator filed her motion for reconsideration two days after.

Ms. De Lima and other minority Senators Francis N. Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV, Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel, and Antonio F. Trillanes IV, filed a case in the SC which questioned the validity of President Rodrigo R. Duterte pulling the Philippines out from the ICC. — Gillian M. Cortez