Leila De Lima did not want to be a fugitive. But in an administration determined to brand her as one (or prove she’s one), she only wants to spend her last night as a free woman with her family.
De Lima’s convoy enters PNP Custodial Center.
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) February 24, 2017
De Lima arrived at the PNP-CIDG, Camp Crame.
Senator De Lima left the Muntinlupa RTC premises.
According to Judge Guerrero’s commitment order, Sen. De Lima will be staying at the PNP Custodial Center inside Camp Crame. De Lima is still within the premises of Muntinlupa. This is because they are waiting for her lawyer to secure the commitment order.
The senator is now leaving the Municipal RTC.
Senator De Lima is now inside the Municipal Trial Court.
De Lima is already at the Muntinlupa Trial Court.
Sirens can be heard at Muntinlupa Trial Court. Meanwhile, De Lima’s supporters started chanting “One For De Lima” followed by “Stop Political Persecution!”
Meanwhile, De Lima’s supporters wait for her at the Municipal Trial Court. Banners “Pray For Leila” are being held up while police officials barricade the trial court’s entrance.
De Lima and convoy on their way to Muntinlupa Trial Court.
Leila De Lima is already in Camp Crame for her booking process. CNN Philippines was part of a live interview with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and he mentioned that Sen. De Lima will follow the protocol. Moreover, De Lima said, no special treatment is required.
Before Leila De Lima surrendered, the senator was prayed over.
— Maria Shayla (@sh3ysh3y) February 24, 2017
Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 204 Presiding Judge Juanita Guerrero issued a warrant of arrest for Senator Leila De Lima. The Philippine Star reported that RTC Judge Guerrero found “sufficient probable cause” to arrest Sen. De Lima, Rafael Marcos Z. Ragos, and Ronnie Palisoc Dayan.
Senator De Lima’s Arrest Rushed?
The outlet noted that De Lima and her team were surprised with Guerrero’s arrest order. This is because the judge just recently arrived from a trip last Wednesday, Feb. 22. Moreover, President Rodrigo Duterte’s leading critic couldn’t understand why they seem to rush in serving her arrest warrant.
The source noted that De Lima learned that the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) team was on their way to her Paranaque home last night. Because of this, De Lima left her house in a hurry. The senator said that per their original agreement, she would get the chance to spend the night with her family before she surrenders to the Senate.
We are not declaring Leila a hero, we just clamor for truth and due process. #LeilaWatch
— Ivan Jim Layugan (@ivelayugan) February 24, 2017
The source noted that De Lima did not want her family to witness her arrest and opted for the officials to serve the warrant in the Senate. The publication reported that De Lima learned that Philippine National Police chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa was purportedly behind the change in plans with regard to her arrest.
Reuters reported that the senator was issued a warrant of arrest for allegedly receiving money from drug dealers inside the New Bilibid Prison, the Philippines main penitentiary.
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The latter report noted that last night, Feb. 23, the former Department of Justice secretary told reporters, “The truth will come out and I will achieve justice. I am innocent.”
Meanwhile, netizens have polarized views about the senator’s arrest. Some posed a question online, whether De Lima deserved to be placed behind bars. Another Twitter user @archondigital noted that “the international community is watching” at what the current administration is planning to do with De Lima’s arrest.
The international community is watching at what this gov’t is going to do next. #LeilaWatch
— Jon Cuevas (@archondigital) February 24, 2017
Currently, hashtags #LeilaWatch and #DeLimaArrest are dominating The Philippine trending topics in Twitter.
De Lima is one of President Duterte’s loudest critic with regard to the extra-judicial killings that has happened in the country. The senator has always said that the president wanted her to be behind bars because of her criticisms. De Lima has always been vocal of the Davao Death Squads and the current administration’s anti-drug campaign.
Stay tuned as we continue to give live updates on what is happening with Senator De Lima, Philippine’s first political prisoner. Meanwhile, tell us how you feel here or on a Facebook Poll we created. Millennials sound off please!