Court issues arrest warrant for De Lima

Embattled Sen. Leila de Lima, who is now facing drug trafficking charges, surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) on Friday at around 8:10 a.m. "Haharapin ko na yung team ng CIDG na magseserve ng warrant of arrest".

The arrest order, issued by the Muntinlupa regional trial court (RTC), should have been served to the senator on Thursday. "It's my honor to be jailed for what I've been fighting for", she said before police took her into custody at the Senate.

Hontiveros, who joined Senators Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV in expressing support to De Lima, said the arrest was merely an act of political persecution. According to the statement, the senator saw her arrest as a sign of the "return of a power-hungry, morally bankrupt and abusive government".

But one of Lima's lawyers challenged the justification for the arrest warrant, noting that the judge had initially scheduled a hearing about quashing charges in the case for Friday.

De Lima has said that the killings are unconstitutional and could in themselves provide grounds for impeachment.

A police convoy, trailed by media vans, took de Lima to the main police camp, where officers took her mugshot and fingerprints before they locked her up in a detention center. The party stated that it is concerned for " Lima's life", as a result of a Philippine mayor, accused of drug trafficking by Duterte, being slain in his jail cell after police officers reported that the mayor had "pulled a gun" on them during a search.

De Lima said the case against her might be the "wakeup call" the country needs, referring to the absence of a public outcry in the country over the killings in the anti-drug campaign.

"Our justice system does not tolerate violations of human rights, does not tolerate any state-sponsored extra-judicial killings", he said.

Olalia said that at present there are already 30 under the present dispensation who are lesser known, powerless activists, farmers, indigenous peoples, social workers and peace consultants arrested brazenly for political reasons.

"These are all lies and I'm confident that truth will come out in the right time", said the senator before turning herself over to operatives of Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). "I am now motivated more than ever to expose him for being a plunderer and mass murderer that he truly is", said Trillanes who had revived his allegations that the President has P2.2 billion in ill-gotten welqth.

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The Liberal Party of the Philippines issued a statement calling the issuing of the warrants a "political vendetta" and citing a belief that the charges should have been addressed in an anti-corruption court.

"The majesty of the law shines triumphantly when a senator of a republic is arrested and detained on account of a criminal charge".

De Lima then went to her home in another part of the capital after believing she had secured an agreement with authorities to surrender on Friday morning.

  • Joanne Flowers