De Lima: ‘I will not be silenced’

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SENATOR Leila de Lima vowed to continue speaking out against the Duterte administration as she turned
herself in to authorities Friday morning, a day after a Muntinlupa court issued her a warrant of arrest for drug trafficking charges filed against her by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

BOOKED A confident Sen. Leila de Lima is shown in the mug shot above taken after she surrendered to the police over a drug trafficking charge. De Lima maintains her innocence, claiming the charge was manufactured by the Justice department to send a signal to critics of President Rodrigo Duterte. PHOTO FROM THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE

De Lima, who spent Thursday night at her Senate office to force arresting officers to delay serving the warrant and allow her to enjoy a few hours of freedom, said it was an honor to be jailed for what she was fighting for, and asked the public for prayers.

“I have faith in God that I can surpass all this and in the end truth and justice will prevail,” she told reporters.
Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 also ordered the arrest of de Lima’s former bodyguard and driver Ronnie Dayan and former Bureau of Corrections officer in charge Rafael Ragos.

The DOJ charged de Lima, Dayan and Ragos for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.


De Lima maintained her innocence and insisted that she never accepted drug money or coddled or protected drug suspects when she was Justice secretary in the previous administration.

De Lima said she got a call from former president Benigno Aquino 3rd who asked about her plight.

“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).

In a statement sent to reporters, de Lima hit the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, calling it a “power-hungry, morally bankrupt and abusive” government.

She also lashed out at Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd for filing cases against her using “manufactured stories.”

“Where else in the world have you seen drug lords turned into state witnesses? All they have ever done is to follow the badly written script of this administration to pin me down with baseless accusations for their personal gain,” she said.

“I am innocent. I have never betrayed and I will never betray the trust of my country and the Filipino people,” de Lima said.

No handcuffs, vest

At the PNP-CIDG offices in Camp Crame, de Lima underwent a medical examination, was booked, fingerprinted and had her mug shot taken after her arrival at the camp at 8:45 a.m.

Prior to her booking, the senator was served breakfast at the office of CIDG Director Roel Obusan.

PNP spokesman Supt. Dionardo Carlos described de Lima as “very cooperative” in the booking, which hastened the process.

Unlike high-profile criminals arrested by the police in the past, the heavily guarded de Lima was not in handcuffs and did not wear a bullet-proof vest.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, who was among those who accompanied de Lima to Camp Crame, said the senator’s blood pressure was elevated when she was undergoing the booking process. But it normalized later, said Carlos.

After the booking process, the senator was taken to the Muntinlupa court aboard a white van for the return of
her warrant of arrest and her presentation to Judge Guerrero.

In a commitment order, the Muntinlupa court ordered the senator detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, one of the safest jail facilities in the country adjacent to another highly fortified structure, the office of the PNP Intelligence Group.

The detention center has a basketball court where inmates can jog, various living quarters, and comfort rooms. When top PNP officials were detained there, they built a makeshift kitchen.

There are no metal bars, only thick chicken wires leading to the inmates’ quarters. It also has adequate receiving areas for visitors.

No mingling with Bong, Jinggoy

A Camp Crame source said de Lima was to be detained at the back portion of the facility apart from the
“quarters” of former senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada who are also detained in the
facility in connection with the Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel scam.

The door that leads to the basketball court beside the former senators’ detention cells will be shut and “sealed.”

“They will not see each other,” the source said.

Carlos said the family of de Lima can visit her during regular visiting hours while “others” have to write a request to the PNP chief.

Asked if de Lima would be allowed to perform her functions as a senator, Carlos said it would depend on the decision of the court.

The PNP said there would be no special treatment for the senator. But she will have female guards.

FERNAN MARASIGAN

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  1. Witnesses following a bad script? dami mong satsat. Kung talagang mahina yung kaso sayo at imbento lang di dapat nag submit ka ng counter affidavit mo, hindi yung puro media at press release, all denials pero wla ka naman evidence. Para kang hindi abogada. Simple, prove your innocence in court.

  2. You are welcome to do it. It will only assure that there is freedom of speech, that there is democracy and not dictatorship. Ironic, isn’t it.

  3. Just like an ugly crow, it can be caged although will still squawk, but still, it’s in a cage. Not free.

  4. Kaya nga puro papresscon lang ginagawa ng sex maniac na matanda, wala kasing excuse sa mga pinaggagagawa nya nung SOJ pa sya.

  5. delima should not be allow to interview by media corrupt as she was already inside her cell. Only her attorney can talk to her and nobody from outside except her family..This is a rule of law, that must be implemented fairly to everyone..

  6. Good luck ,Madame Senator your battle will commence now, fortify your truth with your evidences of your innocence. Let the court of law take it course.
    As the water seek it’s own level, the truth will triumph over lies.

  7. She doesn’t want Noynoy, or Kiko, or Sonny Boy, or those two fat boys, Franklin and BamBim; she want one with durability. She wants her family, Ronnie Dayan.

  8. Delima being locked up on criminal drug charges is the PH moving forward to a law and order society. The people will be happy not to hear from her every day.

  9. “De Lima said she got a call from former president Benigno Aquino 3rd who asked about her plight.”

    BSA d Turd: Leila just make sure to keep your mouth shut and maintain your innocence from all charges. If you endanger me or the others you will be made into a martyr, if you know what I mean. Remember we bombed the LP at Plaza Miranda, assassinated my father and assassinated Leni’s husband. Your exit from this world can be easily arranged if you make a mistake.

    Leila: Yes boss. Just make sure to keep the pressure on Rody and oust him as soon as possible. I dread living the lifestyle of a prisoner. If this lasts a long time I might not be able to bear being away from my travels, my lovers and my press cons.

    BSA d Turd: No problem Laila, we’ll get you out one way or another. We have lots of $ to bribe the UN CHR, AI, international media and witnesses. We have the Supreme Court Chief Justice and many associate justices, Catholic bishops, narco politicians, narco generals, smugglers and illegal miners. Don’t you worry, it is just a matter of time before we get Rody out of malacanang and you back in the senate!

    • And Leila, forget about your lovers this time. May mga pulis naman dyan na may makakapal na sokmura, baka patulan ka. BSA turd said.

  10. The imprisonment of Sen. Leila De Lima should be welcomed by everyone for two reasons :

    1). She would be forced to appear in a Court of Law to answer the charges against her .
    As we all know , in the past , she vehemently refused to appear in A FORUM when invited
    to give her side about the accusations against her… All she did was to conduct
    “Media Interviews” and aired SERIES of DENIALS rather than giving proofs of
    her innocence .
    2). In a Court of Law , she would now be forced to present concrete evidences to support her innocence .
    Neither SERIES of DENIALS nor success in her accusations against the sitting
    President would help her regain her freedom … HER ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN
    THE DRUG PROBLEM INSIDE THE BILIBID PRISON , IS A SEPARATE CASE and
    HAS TO BE RESOLVED INDEPENDENTLY.

    • I can’t agree with you more. Indeed, De Lima has no choice but to face the music. To present evidence in her favor – assuming she has them – instead of just blanket denials. The courts will now be her new playground, not media conferences.