De Lima welcomes arrest,
fights for honor

February 24 2017 10:46 AM

Senator Leila de Lima with her staff and Sen. Francis Pangilinan prior to her arrest on Friday, February 24. Photo Office of Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan
Senator Leila de Lima with her staff and Sen. Francis Pangilinan prior to her arrest on Friday, February 24. | Image from the Office of Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan

Senator Leila de Lima maintains that she’s innocent, saying her arrest is an honor for what she is fighting for.

“Karangalan ko po na ako’y makulong dahil sa mga pinaglalaban ko,” De Lima said.

(It is an honor for me to be jailed for what I am fighting for)

The senator who was arrested at the Senate for the drug cases arrived at the Camp Crame on Friday morning, February 24.

“Sa bandang huli, lalabas po ang katotohanan at makakamit ko ang hustisya,” De Lima told the media before she voluntarily surrendered to the arresting team of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

(In the end, the truth will come out and I will obtain justice)

She reiterated her innocence on the drug cases filed against her and believes that truth will come out at the right time.

On Friday morning, Senator De Lima came out of her office  and was escorted by Senate sergeant-at-arms Major General Jose Balajadia Jr.

The convoy arrived at past 8 a.m. at the CIDG-PNP Camp Crame, a radio report said.

De Lima will undergo booking process according to Philippine National Police Chief of Public Information Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 204 issued the warrant of arrest against De Lima, Ronnie Dayan former driver and bodyguard of De Lima, and former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos for their alleged involvement at the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

READ: De Lima, 2 others face arrest on drug charges

De Lima spent the night at the senate building and voluntarily submitted herself to the arresting team.

 

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