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Lawyers of Bilibid inmates hit De Lima

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima

Lawyers of prisoners of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) are planning to file human rights and criminal charges against Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for allegedly violating the visitation rights of Bilibid detainees.

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, Atty. Paul Laguitan, and Atty. Andres Manuel, on Friday accused de Lima of violating Republic Act 7438 or Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation, after the lawyers were barred from visiting their clients Amin Boratong, Noel Martinez, Willy Sy, and Michael Ong Chan.

The lawyers say that they haven’t talked to their clients for 11 days.

The inmates were transferred from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The transfer of the inmates prompted Topacio to question the transfer of the inmates, claiming that the NBI is not a place of detention.

They are also planning to file criminal charges against de Lima for violating RA 7438.

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