Updated 00:10 AM PHT Wed, March 22, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The government's top lawyer had asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday to junk the petition of detained Sen. Leila de Lima for allegedly faking the verification and affidavit portions of the document.
During the second round of oral arguments on De Lima's motion to quash her arrest order, Solicitor General Jose Calida said the senator could not have notarized her petition because no notary public had entered the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center where she was detained.
Calida added the name of the notary public, Maria Cecille Tresvalles-Cabalo, didn't appear on the guest logbook of the detention center.
To this, De Lima's lawyers led by former solicitor general Florin Hilbay, said the senator notarized her petition at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) headquarters before her detention, and not inside the custodial center.
Hilbay also provided the SC with the affidavit of Tresvalles-Cabalo, saying the senator signed and swore on the petition in her presence.
In response, Calida read out the affidavit of four police officers saying they did not see De Lima sign any document in front of any notary public on the day she was arrested, February 24.
However, another of De Lima's lawyers, Alex Padilla, said they were standing by the notary public's word that she was there that day and had logged in the document in her notarial registry.
"It's up to them to prove otherwise," Padilla said.
He described the notary public issue as the lowest attack the solicitor general had made so far — which De Lima had said was borne out of Calida's desperation.
CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.