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LEILA DE LIMA'S ARREST PART 2

DUTERTE VS DE LIMA: A PHILIPPINE BATTLE OVER DEATH
[RELATED: De Lima arrives in Muntinlupa court to face judge]
[RELATED: Leila held at Crame; Ragos at large]


FEBRUARY 24 -MANILA: Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges, has waged a decade-long crusade to expose President Rodrigo Duterte ...PHOTO AND CAPTION COURTESY OF FREE MALAYSIA TODAY Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges, has waged a decade-long crusade to expose President Rodrigo Duterte as the leader of death squads that have killed thousands of people. She insists, Duterte's government has manufactured the charges to silence her investigations into the killings allegedly orchestrated by Duterte during his time as mayor of Davao city, then for the past eight months as president. Here are key moments in the battle between De Lima and Duterte: March 2009 De Lima, then head of the government's Commission on Human Rights, flies to Davao and begins a public inquiry into the alleged death squads. "I am bothered by statements attributed to him (Duterte)... which tend to condone this phenomenon of illegal or vigilante-style killings," De Lima says at the inquiry. Duterte responds: "If there is an iota of evidence that we are involved in the killings, I will submit to you, at the end of the day, my resignation as city mayor." CONTINUE READING...RELATED, De Lima arrives in Muntinlupa court to face judge... RRELATED(2), Leila held at Crame; Ragos at large...

ALSO: Philippines' De Lima: from high-flying lawyer to rights crusader
[RELATED: De Lima's ex-bf Ronnie Dayan arrives in Muntinlupa]
[RELATED: Dayan stressed out by arrest;'Like a death sentence']


FEBRUARAY 24 -Philippine drug war critic Leila de Lima was a highly paid lawyer who switched focus mid-career to human rights, a decision that would draw her into the deadly world of President Rodrigo Duterte. De Lima was arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges she insisted were manufactured to silence her opposition to Duterte's anti-crime crackdown, which has claimed more than 6,500 lives in eight months. De Lima, 57, began her career as one of the brightest legal prospects in the Philippines, having scored the eighth highest mark in the country's annual lawyer licence exams in 1985. She worked as a law clerk for the House of Representatives and as a legal aide of a Supreme Court associate justice, while building a successful law practice that specialised in helping prominent politicians in election court challenges. De Lima helped now-Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr, to unseat a senate election rival, and future senator Alan Peter Cayetano beat a suit alleging he was not a Filipino citizen and therefore not qualified to run for office. READ MORE...RELATED, Ronnie Dayan arrives in Muntinlupa... RELATED, Dayan stressed out by arrest;'Like a death sentence'...

ALSO: Palace - Leila’s arrest not political persecution; Cautioned from making excuses re her arrest
[RELATED: ON De Lima arrest, Enrile - There is no such thing as political prisoner]

[RELATED(2): Noy, LP men worry over Leila’s safety]


FEBRUARY 24_Malacañang slammed yesterday the claims of detained Sen. Leila de Lima and her supporters that the legislator’s arrest was a result of political persecution by the Duterte administration. AP/Bullit Marquez
Malacañang slammed yesterday the claims of detained Sen. Leila de Lima and her supporters that the legislator’s arrest was a result of political persecution by the Duterte administration. She is facing criminal charges, stressed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, not political cases. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said De Lima’s arrest merely showed that “the law is enforced regardless of who the subject of a warrant of arrest is, whether the person is holding a high position in government or has an ordinary status in society.” Former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile also admonished De Lima for trying to give political color to her arrest by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group yesterday...READ MORE, RELATED Enrile: There is no such thing as political prisoner  RELATED(2), Noy, LP men worry over Leila’s safety...

ALSO: Day before arrest, De Lima tells Duterte - Stop harassing me
[RELATED: CBCP prays for 'fair day in court' after De Lima arrest]


FEBRUARY 24 -
A day before she turned herself in to authorities, Senator Leila de Lima made a video message and addressed President Rodrigo Duterte, telling him to stop the political harassment against her.
In the 11-minute video posted on her official Facebook account, De Lima said: “To Mr. Duterte: Stop the killings now! Stop harassing me, stop this madness! Instead, the Filipino people are begging for your undivided attention to address the myriad problems our country face.”  The video was recorded on February 23, 2017, the day the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court issued an arrest warrant on De Lima over drug-related charges. It was posted a day after. De Lima said the filing of criminal charges against her was the “fulfillment of Mr. Duterte’s fixation for revenge against me.”  READ MORE...RELATED, CBCP prays for 'fair day in court' after De Lima arrest....

ALSO: Day 1 in detention: De Lima yearns for bed buddy ‘Coco’
[RELATED: De Lima dodges arrest, fled to Senate]
[RELATED(2): VACC lawyer twits de Lima: Acting like a ‘spoiled brat’; she is now under a judicial process, should follow rules of court]


FEBRUARY 27 -Senator Leila de Lima’s first day in detention Camp Crame turned out to be a more pleasant experience than she expected.
Her staff reported that de Lima was not lonely in her first day a she had several visitors knocking on her doors including Commission on Human Rights Chair Chito Gascon, Dinagat Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, former Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales, and former Civil Service Commissioners Karina David
Her staff and visitors brought with them food and water because her lawyer announced she would not touch any of the food served to her in detention.
De Lima had “ginisang monggo” and fried fish for lunch. READ MORE..RELATED, De Lima dodges arrest, fled to Senate...RELATED(2) VACC lawyer twits de Lima: She’s acting like a ‘spoiled brat’; she is now under a judicial process, should follow rules of court...


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After arrest, De Lima to seek relief from Supreme Court
[RELATED: Muntinlupa Court commits De Lima to PNP Custodial Center]


FEBRUARY 24 -Senator Leila De Lima leaves her office at the Senate after she was arrested on drug charges in Manila, Philippines February 24, 2017. Reuters  The Camp of Senator Leila de Lima is preparing to assail her warrant of arrest before the Supreme Court, citing grave abuse of discretion. Boni Tacardon, De Lima's counsel, said they will question the arrest warrant before the high court. "Legal team is preparing a petition questioning the warrant. Hindi ko pa alam status pero we will definitely go up to the SC on this issue. I think they are raising grave abuse of discretion," Tacardon said. De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested Friday after charges were filed in court alleging she received money from drug dealers inside the country's prisons to fund her Senatorial campaign. She will be detained the Camp Crame's Custodial Center. READ MORE...RELATED, Court commits De Lima to PNP Custodial Center...


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Duterte vs. De Lima: A Philippine battle over death


FEBRUARY 24 -MANILA: Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges, has waged a decade-long crusade to expose President Rodrigo Duterte ...PHOTO AND CAPTION COURTESY OF FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

MANILA, FEBRUARY 27, 2017 (MANILA STANDARD) posted February 24, 2017 at 11:51 am by AFP = Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges, has waged a decade-long crusade to expose President Rodrigo Duterte as the leader of death squads that have killed thousands of people.

She insists, Duterte's government has manufactured the charges to silence her investigations into the killings allegedly orchestrated by Duterte during his time as mayor of Davao city, then for the past eight months as president.

Here are key moments in the battle between De Lima and Duterte:

March 2009
De Lima, then head of the government's Commission on Human Rights, flies to Davao and begins a public inquiry into the alleged death squads.

"I am bothered by statements attributed to him (Duterte)... which tend to condone this phenomenon of illegal or vigilante-style killings," De Lima says at the inquiry.

Duterte responds: "If there is an iota of evidence that we are involved in the killings, I will submit to you, at the end of the day, my resignation as city mayor."

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June 2012
The commission, after De Lima has stepped down to become justice secretary, finds that "there was a systematic practice of extrajudicial killings" in Davao.

De Lima orders the National Bureau of Investigation, which is part of her justice department, to launch a probe into the alleged death squads.

May 2016
Duterte is elected president after pledging during the campaign to kill 100,000 criminals. De Lima separately wins a seat in the Senate.

Days after the election, the justice ministry announces it has closed its investigation into the death squads because the last witness had fled a safe house run by the ministry's witness protection programme.

August 2016
Duterte accuses De Lima of running a drug trafficking ring with criminals inside the nation’s biggest prison to help fund her Senate election campaign.

De Lima, as head of the Senate justice and human rights committee, launches public hearings on alleged extrajudicial killings in Duterte's drug war. A self-declared Davao Death Squad assassin testifies that he and others killed about 1,000 people from 1998-2013 on Duterte's orders. Duterte allies in the Senate depose De Lima as committee head days later.

September 2016
Several gang leaders at the country's main prison testify at the House of Representatives and repeat Duterte's allegations that De Lima and her driver-bodyguard engaged in drugs trafficking.

December 2016
The Senate drug war inquiry, now chaired by a Duterte ally, concludes the president and the state are not responsible for extrajudicial killings.

February 17, 2017
The justice department files drug trafficking charges against De Lima. Four days later she brands Duterte a "serial killer" and calls for people to show courage and oppose him.

February 24, 2017
De Lima is arrested.

 
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De Lima arrives in Muntinlupa court to face judge ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 24 2017 11:50 AM

 
http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/02/24/17/de-lima-arrives-in-muntinlupa-court-to-face-judge Watch also in iWantv or TFC.tv

Senator Leila de Lima has arrived at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on Friday where she will be presented to the judge who ordered her arrest on drug charges.
Her convoy left the Senate a few minutes before 9 a.m. after she voluntarily surrendered to arresting officers.

Authorities barred De Lima's supporters and groups of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, one of the petitioners against De Lima, from approaching the senator.

The judge is expected to decide on Friday where to detain to senator.

De Lima: It is my honor to be imprisoned for what I am fighting for ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 24 2017 08:26 AM | Updated as of Feb 24 2017 09:03 AM


Senator Leila de Lima. Joseph Vidal, Senate PRIB, NPPA

"Karangalan ko po na ako ay makulong dahil sa mga pinaglalaban ko po."
(It is my honor that I will be imprisoned for the things I am fighting for.)

With these words, Senator Leila de Lima stepped out of her office Friday morning to face arrest on a drug charge filed by the justice department.

In her statement, De Lima again denied allegations that she has links to a drug ring inside New Bilibid Prison and had coddled drug lords.

"Inosente po ako. Wala pong katotohanan, pawang kasinungalingan po ang mga pinaparatang nila sakin na ako'y di umano nakinabang sa droga... Lalabas po ang katotohanan sa tamang panahon," De Lima said.

She also vowed to continue speaking out against thousands of killings committed in the name of the Duterte administration's war on drugs.

Video taken by ABS-CBN News showed De Lima boarding a van after delivering her statement.

A Muntinlupa judge on Thursday issued a warrant for De Lima's arrest in connection with one of three drug cases filed against the senator.

More than 7,700 people have been killed in the narcotics crackdown since President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30, about 2,500 in police operations, while the rest are being investigated.

Human rights groups believe many other deaths that police attributed to vigilantes were carried out by assassins likely colluding with police. The government and police vehemently deny extrajudicial killings have taken place. With Reuters

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Leila held at Crame; Ragos at large By Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 25, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Photo shows a mugshot of De Lima following her arrest. MICHAEL VARCAS

MANILA, Philippines - After spending Thursday night in her Senate office, Sen. Leila de Lima went peacefully with an arresting team from the Philippine National Police yesterday and started her detention at the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame.

Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 ordered De Lima’s detention at Camp Crame in Quezon City after the senator was presented in court.

De Lima was then brought back to Camp Crame where she earlier underwent booking procedures at the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) main office.

From her office at the Senate where she spent the night, De Lima went over to the team of CIDG operatives led by Chief Supt. Roel Obusan who took custody of her.

The CIDG arresting team initially went to De Lima’s house in Sucat, Parañaque City following reports that she left her office at the Senate to go home and spend time with her family.

The police team, however, failed to locate De Lima at her house. They learned the senator had gone back to her office at the Senate and would spend the night there.

The team then proceeded to the Senate compound in Pasay City where they waited until yesterday morning for De Lima to emerge from her office.

Prosecutors alleged De Lima, while she was justice secretary under former president Benigno Aquino III, received bribes from detained drug lords to finance her senatorial campaign. Some of the convicted drug lords would testify against her.

De Lima arrived at the court escorted by female CIDG police officers under tight security.

Anti-riot policemen formed a barricade to prevent supporters, critics and the media from getting near the senator.

Police vehicles flanked the white coaster carrying De Lima as it arrived at the Muntinlupa Hall of Justice past 10 a.m.

Around 30 members of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) jeered De Lima as she entered the building.

“The drama is over! Jail De Lima,” they chanted.

An equal number of De Lima supporters converged and shouted: “Stop political persecution. One for De Lima.”

The whole process was over in five minutes and De Lima was brought back to the coaster.

Before the convoy left, De Lima opened the window and greeted her supporters. She flashed the “L” sign, meaning ‘laban’ or fight.

De Lima has denied the charges, which she said were part of an attempt by President Duterte to muzzle critics of his crackdown on illegal drugs, which has left more than 7,000 people dead.

De Lima has a long-standing rift with Duterte, whom she accused of leading a vigilante group that carried out summary killings in Davao City when he was mayor.

Duterte in turn accused De Lima of being a narco-politician who used the illegal drug trade to finance her way to a Senate seat.

De Lima questioned why the court suddenly issued the arrest order when it was supposedly scheduled to hear her petition to void the three non-bailable charges yesterday .

Apart from Guerrero, the two other cases were filed before Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 Judge Amelia Fabros-Corpuz and Branch 206 under Judge Patria Manalastas-de Leon.

The VACC stood as private complainants of the case against De Lima.

Among De Lima’s co-respondents were her former bodyguard Ronnie Dayan and former Bureau of Corrections acting chief Rafael Ragos.

Dayan was arrested at his hometown in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan on Thursday while Ragos, who also served as former official of the National Bureau of Investigation, is still at large.

“We have a team working for his (Ragos) arrest. But any policeman can arrest him like Dayan, who was arrested by the local police. Any police officer can arrest him,” CIDG spokesman Chief Insp. Joselito Brioso said.

Sources said Ragos reportedly sent surrender feelers but the police has yet to determine his whereabouts.

Safety ensured

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, on the other hand, gave assurance of De Lima’s safety in Camp Crame.

Dela Rosa, however, said the PNP would not provide the female senator any special treatment.

He said PNP had prepared a safe and secure cell at the custodial center in Camp Crame, situated far from the detention cells of former senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, who are both facing the non-bailable offense of plunder before the Sandiganbayan.

“Before the warrant was issued, we have already prepared the detention cell (for De Lima), which is far from senator Bong and senator Jinggoy, so she cannot see them,” Dela Rosa said.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said he has given instructions to Dela Rosa to ensure the safety of De Lima.

“Senator De Lima’s security and safety is also our concern and so we would like to assure everyone that she will be treated in accordance with established procedures and existing laws,” Sueno said.

Officials said De Lima will be detained at the detention cell previously occupied by couple Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, allegedly the leaders of the communist New People’s Army who were granted temporary freedom to participate in the peace talks in Norway.

PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said De Lima was allowed to have her breakfast of burger and rice brought by her staff before the booking procedures were conducted.

Shortly after the booking procedures, the CIDG team escorted De Lima to the Muntinlupa City court for the return of warrant of arrest and take orders for her disposition.

De Lima’s counsel Alex Padilla received the commitment order on her behalf. The one-page order indicated that his client should be brought to the custodial center of the PNP.

“That was the offer. I think it’s OK,” Padilla told reporters outside the court.

Arguments

At the court, De Lima’s lawyer Teddy Rigoroso argued it was premature to issue the arrest warrant since the court has yet to act on their motion to quash.

This did not sit well with Judge Guerrero who lectured Rigoroso on the rules on criminal procedure.

“I have no jurisdiction yet over the person of the accused so how can I rule on your motion to quash?” Guerrero told the lawyer. “That’s why I issued an arrest warrant.”

When Rigoroso told the judge that De Lima is already under custody of the police, Guerrero replied she has yet to receive the return of the warrant.

Rigoroso insisted there is no probable cause as there is not enough evidence to prove the accusations against De Lima.

“Based on the complaint, it does not constitute act of trafficking. At most it’s just bribery,” Rigoroso told Guerrero.

Guerrero got irked when Rigoroso said she was wrong to issue the arrest warrant against De Lima.

“What if I say I’m correct. The Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court are there,” Guerrero told the lawyer.

She also took offense at Rigoroso’s statements implying that she had not read the records as she just came from a vacation.

“Under the Constitution, the judge is personally required to go over the records,” Rigoroso said.

Guerrero then showed a copy of the complaint from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“I was on vacation but I brought this with me,” she said.

Guerrero gave the prosecution panel 10 days to comment on De Lima’s motion to quash.

At Branch 205, Judge Corpuz reset the hearing to March 10 to give the prosecution 10 days to comment on the senator’s similar motion and for her lawyers to issue a reply.

The hearing at Branch 206 under Judge De Leon was reset to March 3. – Cecille Suerte Felipe, Victor Martin


MANILA STANDARD

Philippines' De Lima: from high-flying lawyer to rights crusader posted February 24, 2017 at 11:30 am by AFP



Philippine drug war critic Leila de Lima was a highly paid lawyer who switched focus mid-career to human rights, a decision that would draw her into the deadly world of President Rodrigo Duterte.

De Lima was arrested Friday on drug trafficking charges she insisted were manufactured to silence her opposition to Duterte's anti-crime crackdown, which has claimed more than 6,500 lives in eight months.

De Lima, 57, began her career as one of the brightest legal prospects in the Philippines, having scored the eighth highest mark in the country's annual lawyer licence exams in 1985.

She worked as a law clerk for the House of Representatives and as a legal aide of a Supreme Court associate justice, while building a successful law practice that specialised in helping prominent politicians in election court challenges.

De Lima helped now-Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr, to unseat a senate election rival, and future senator Alan Peter Cayetano beat a suit alleging he was not a Filipino citizen and therefore not qualified to run for office.

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Ironically, Pimentel and Cayetano are now among the most powerful allies of Duterte, a longtime mayor of the southern city of Davao who won presidential elections last year after promising to kill tens of thousands of criminals.

De Lima's life turned in 2008 when she accepted her first government post as chairwoman of the government's independent Commission on Human Rights.

During two years in the job, she worked with a small team of lowly paid lawyers, investigating extrajudicial killings, abductions and human rights violations by the Philippines' notoriously corrupt security forces.

Another one of her main targets was Duterte, who had for years faced allegations of running death squads in Davao that killed hundreds of drug addicts and petty criminals as part of a ruthless anti-crime campaign.

De Lima opened a probe into the so-called Davao Death Squads.

She left the commission with the probe unfinished in 2010 to become justice secretary in the administration of Benigno Aquino, who swept to power on a pledge to fight corruption.

As justice secretary she prosecuted cases linked to the misuse of huge amounts of legislators' so-called pork-barrel funds, and raided the country's biggest prison to dismantle the perks accorded to inmates convicted of drug offences.

She left the cabinet in late 2015 to run for the Senate, winning a seat last year at the same time Duterte was elected president.

As Duterte launched a Davao-style anti-crime crackdown across the Philippines that would go on to claim thousands of lives, De Lima was one of the few politicians willing to criticise him.

"I will have to destroy her in public," Duterte said in August last year, and then proceeded to build a case alleging she was one of the nation's biggest drug traffickers.

"Throughout my entire life, I never imagined myself becoming a victim of a human rights violation myself," De Lima, a divorced mother-of-two, said in October as she insisted the charges against her were absurd.

Just before her arrest at the Senate on Friday morning, De Lima again insisted on her innocence while remaining characteristically defiant.

"They are mistaken if they are hoping that they will silence me and stop my fight for truth, justice and against the daily killings and repression by the Duterte regime," she said.

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Ronnie Dayan arrives in Muntinlupa ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 24 2017 01:09 PM

 
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/24/17/ronnie-dayan-arrives-in-muntinlupa Video by Elaine Fulgencio, ABS-CBN News
 

Senator Leila de Lima's driver and alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan arrived in Muntinlupa Friday morning, and was placed in the custody of the Muntinlupa City Jail.
He was brought to Muntinlupa in connection with a case alleging his and De Lima's involvement in the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.


RONNIE DAYAN

Dayan had earlier stayed in a vehicle which brought him to Metro Manila from Pangasinan, where he was arrested last night at his home in Barangay Galarin, Urbiztondo.
Friday morning, it was reported that he was in tears as police took him to face the court. --with reports from Elaine Fulgencio, ABS-CBN News

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Dayan stressed out by arrest;'Like a death sentence' By Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 25, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Ronnie Dayan was picked up by local police armed with the arrest warrant at his home in Sitio Aplaya, Barangay Galarin in this town. (Cesar Ramirez) URBIZTONDO,

Pangasinan, Philippines – It’s like a death sentence and he is stressed out, but his tears have dried and he is ready to face his fate.

This was how Ronnie Dayan, the former driver and lover of Sen. Leila de Lima, described himself after he was arrested on drug charges by police here last Thursday night on orders of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC).

Dayan was picked up by local police armed with the arrest warrant at his home in Sitio Aplaya, Barangay Galarin in this town.

He told local journalists while undergoing booking procedures that since attending the congressional hearings on the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), he had been constantly under stress.

Dayan said he had restless nights thinking about his fate and took his mind off his problems by tending his corn farm.

Dayan managed to smile as his mug shot was taken and he was talking to the media.

“My tears were dried up this afternoon with my relatives,” he said, referring to the time they learned about the issuance of the arrest warrant. “I told them this is it and I have to face it.”

Dayan said he was clinging to prayers to overcome this challenge. He likened his arrest to certain death, as there is no bail for the charges he is facing.

Even if he were granted bail, Dayan said he did not have the money for it.

Prosecutors allege that De Lima, as justice secretary during the presidency of Benigno Aquino III, received payoffs from convicts running drug trafficking operations at the NBP to finance her senatorial campaign.

The payoffs were allegedly solicited by Dayan.

Dayan denied being a power broker when he worked for De Lima.

He claimed he even had to distance himself from De Lima because many wanted to seek his help.

Dayan said he had no more communication with De Lima since the time he went into hiding to avoid the hearings in Congress.

He was found in a farm in a remote village in La Union in November last year.

After appearing in congressional and Senate hearings, Dayan was brought back to his hometown in Urbiztondo.

Since then, Dayan said he kept himself abreast of developments mainly by watching the news on television.

He said he had expected his arrest warrant would be issued soon so when the news broke that the Muntinlupa court had issued the warrant, he was not surprised.

He then gathered his family and told them that he would surrender and had full trust in the police. “I leave everything to God,” he said.

Dayan was temporarily detained at the Urbiztondo jail before he was brought to the Muntinlupa RTC yesterday.

He appeared before the court an hour after De Lima.

The court committed Dayan to the custody of the Muntinlupa City police where he was separated from other detainees for his safety.

Dayan, in an interview over GMA-7, admitted he is a bit worried for his safety.

“I hope nothing happens to me,” he said.

Dayan became emotional upon his arrest, saying he would no longer have time with his children and grandchildren.

“I think it will be a long time before we see each other again,” he said. – Emmanuel Tupas


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Palace: Leila’s arrest not political persecution By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 25, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Malacañang slammed yesterday the claims of detained Sen. Leila de Lima and her supporters that the legislator’s arrest was a result of political persecution by the Duterte administration. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang slammed yesterday the claims of detained Sen. Leila de Lima and her supporters that the legislator’s arrest was a result of political persecution by the Duterte administration.

She is facing criminal charges, stressed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, not political cases.

Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said De Lima’s arrest merely showed that “the law is enforced regardless of who the subject of a warrant of arrest is, whether the person is holding a high position in government or has an ordinary status in society.”

Former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile also admonished De Lima for trying to give political color to her arrest by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group yesterday.

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“There’s no such thing as a political prisoner. You are a prisoner, period,” Enrile, who himself was previously arrested over allegations of corruption, said.

He cautioned De Lima, a former justice secretary, from making excuses about her arrest and to allow the courts to resolve her case.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said there is no air-conditioned facility waiting for the senator at the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center in Camp Crame where she is temporarily held on drug-related charges.

“Respect. We will respect her position as senator in the same manner that we respected the positions of senators (Ramon Bong) Revilla, (Jinggoy) Estrada and Enrile,” Sueno said yesterday in Iloilo City.

The three senators were also taken to the PNP Custodial Center after they were indicted for plunder and for anti-graft violations before the Sandiganbayan in June 2014.

DE LA ROSA, PALACE ASSURE DE LIMA SAFETY

On fears for De Lima’s safety, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa has given assurance that the lawmaker will be safe and secure while inside the custodial center.

He encouraged her not to lose faith in the justice system as the “the Muntinlupa RTC (regional trial court) has now acted on the case.”

“The senator will be treated with fairness and accorded due process. She will have the opportunity to defend herself and prove her innocence … the moral arc is long but it always bends towards justice,” Abella added.

What a shame – Jinggoy

Former senator Jinggoy Estrada lashed out at De Lima for evading arrest Thursday night when she gave the runaround to police tasked to serve the warrant of arrest at her Parañaque residence.

Estrada questioned the propriety of using the Senate premises as a “sanctuary” or cover to evade arrest.

“Why do you have to seek refuge in the Senate? We never sought for refuge when you had us arrested. Who are you to demand where you want to be jailed? We never did that during your time,” Estrada said in a statement.

Estrada, Revilla and Enrile were arrested for non-bailable plunder charges after a probe led by De Lima, then the justice department chief.

“We surrendered even before the warrant of arrest was served. We went to Crame immediately. Can’t you do the same? Shame on you,” Estrada said. – With Jaime Laude, Jess Diaz, Jennifer Rendon

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Enrile: There is no such thing as political prisoner Published February 24, 2017 12:22pm By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News For former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, there is no such thing as a ‘political prisoner.’

Enrile made this comment Friday in reaction to Senator Leila De Lima's claim that she will be the first political detainee under the Duterte administration. Earlier in the day, De Lima turned herself in to authorities over one of three drug cases she is facing.

“Anong political prisoner? There's no such thing as political prisoner,” Enrile stressed in an interview with reporters during the 31st anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

“You are a prisoner, period,” he added.

De Lima earlier said she has long prepared herself to be the first “political prisoner” under the current administration for her staunch opposition to the government’s war on drugs which has claimed thousands of lives.

“I have long prepared myself to be the first political prisoner under this regime, because the criminal charges and prosecution are nothing less than a politically motivated act by the Duterte regime to clamp down on any vocal opposition against its support for a policy of EJK (extrajudicial killings) in dealing with suspected criminals,” De Lima said in a statement.

The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 ordered De Lima’s arrest on Thursday.

But for Enrile, De Lima calling herself a political prisoner was unfair for him who was also jailed before.

“Kami na binilanggo nila na wala namang kamuwang-muwang, ano kami? Sila santo, santa, kami demonyo?” he said.

Enrile had been arrested in 1990 and 2001, both on grounds of rebellion. The cases were both dismissed.

He was also arrested in 2014 over a plunder case for his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam. He was allowed to post bail in August 2015 by the Supreme Court for humanitarian reasons.

Enrile said it is better to leave De Lima’s case in the rule of law.

“Bawat isa sa atin, kung may paratang, sagutin. Wala nang reklamo. Pabayaan na lang sa husgado litisin ang problema. Kung wala kang kasalanan, bakit ka matatakot?” he said. — RSJ, GMA News

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Former President Benigno Aquino III

FORMER President Benigno Aquino III was worried about the safety of his former Justice secretary, Senator Leila de Lima, who was arrested over drug charges, Senator Francis Pangilinan said Friday.

The former president also called De Lima, a close friend, Thursday night while the senator was at her Senate office before surrendering Friday morning.

Pangilinan said Aquino also called him at the Senate to check on De Lima’s situation.

“We talked this morning. Of course, he was concerned about the safety of Senator Leila. His concern was her safety and security,” said Pangilinan.

Pangilinan said De Lima was “composed” after her arrest, but her blood pressure was slightly elevated.

Pangilinan and Dinagat Island Rep. Arlene Bag-ao accompanied De Lima at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame where the police brought her after she was arrested on illegal drug charges.

While CIDG members were taking De Lima’s mugshot and fingerprints during the booking procedure, Bag-ao said De Lima kept shaking her head.

“She could not understand why she needed to do that, because what is she guilty of?” Bag-ao said.

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“You can see on her face the indignation, as if she were saying, ‘I would do this as part of the process’ even if she did not believe she needed to do that,” Bag-ao said.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, another Duterte critic, said the primary objective of the arrest was to send a chilling message to the political opposition and critics that they could be next.

“Well, the effect to me is exactly the opposite. 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.

Trillanes also called Duterte a mass murderer.

LIberal Party member Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV lamented that despite the absence of a paper trail, De Lima had to be detained.

He said the convicted criminals who testified against De Lima were even rewarded and afforded special privileges.

“It is condemnable that the administration railroads rules and processes for political vendetta,” he said.

He noted that the President is now fulfilling his promise to destroy De Lima. He said the arrest of their colleague and party mate was political persecution at its worst.

“We really feel that this is political persecution and this is a way to stamp out dissent in the country. A way to stamp out critics,” he said.

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros said the arrest was “a travesty” of the country’s justice system.

She warned that this set a dangerous precedent for the government to arrest and incarcerate individuals that it perceives as its enemies, on the basis only of mere allegations and without due process.

Independent Senator Francis Escudero said he was saddened by recent events.

“I know Senator De Lima to be a fighter and a courageous person who will not let this dampen her spirits. I pray that truth and justice will prevail in her case—whomsoever its face may look favorably upon—and likewise pray for her children as she faces perhaps the toughest battle in her life,” he said.

“I will continue to work with her as a Senator, her incarceration notwithstanding, in crafting meaningful legislation and shedding light on the crimes and shortcomings of abusive and corrupt officials in government,” Escudero added.

TRIUMPH OF RULE OF LAW

The Palace portrayed De Lima’s arrest as the “triumph of the rule of law.”

“The arrest of Senator De Lima shows that the law is enforced regardless of who is the subject of a warrant of arrest whether the person is holding a high position in the government or has an ordinary status in society,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“The majesty of the law shines triumphantly when a senator of a republic is arrested and detained on account of a criminal charge. Such is the working of a democracy,” he added.

The Palace also denied it was targeting Duterte’s top critic, even though the President vowed “to destroy her in public” last year.

It’s not political persecution,” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said.

At the same time, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella appealed to the Church to have faith in the country’s judicial system amid criticism of De Lima’s arrest.

“The court has established probable cause therefore, let us keep our faith in the judicial system. The moral arc is long but it always bends towards justice,” Abella said.

Abella made the remark in response to the call of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas “for justice, not vengeance” following De Lima’s arrest.

“The Muntinlupa RTC has now acted on the case of Senator Leila de Lima. The senator will be treated with fairness and accorded due process. She will have the opportunity to defend herself and prove her innocence,” Duterte’s spokesperson said.


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Day before arrest, De Lima tells Duterte - Stop harassing me Published February 24, 2017 11:11am By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News

A day before she turned herself in to authorities, Senator Leila de Lima made a video message and addressed President Rodrigo Duterte, telling him to stop the political harassment against her.

In the 11-minute video posted on her official Facebook account, De Lima said: “To Mr. Duterte: Stop the killings now! Stop harassing me, stop this madness! Instead, the Filipino people are begging for your undivided attention to address the myriad problems our country face.”

The video was recorded on February 23, 2017, the day the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court issued an arrest warrant on De Lima over drug-related charges. It was posted a day after.

De Lima said the filing of criminal charges against her was the “fulfillment of Mr. Duterte’s fixation for revenge against me.”

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De Lima, in her capacity as former chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), launched an investigation on the Davao Death Squad, an alleged shady armed group employing vigilante-style killings of local criminals in Davao City, of which Duterte used to be mayor.

At the Senate, De Lima also sought an investigation on the alleged rampant killings amid the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

“If they think that by jailing me, I will turn my back on my principles, they are mistaken. Instead, they have encouraged me more to pursue truth and justice,” she said.

“I have long prepared myself to be a political prisoner of this regime. Rest assured that I will answer all the accusations against me in the proper time and venue,” De Lima, former Justice secretary, added.

She said she would continue fulfilling her duties as a senator even while under detention. De Lima will be detained at the PNP Custodial Center inside Camp Crame in Quezon City.

“To the best of my ability, I will fulfill my duties as Senator of the Republic. Even in prison, even as I continue to be persecuted by this government, for as long as I live, I will continue fighting the good fight up to my very last breath,” she said.

De Lima also asked the Filipino people to remain vigilant and continue the fight for justice and human rights.

“I am hopeful that we will not remain silent in the face of the daily killings taking place in our midst, the flagrant violations of our fundamental rights, and the deliberate efforts to poison our minds, and that of our children,” she said.

De Lima turned herself in to the arresting team from the PNP CIDG 8 a.m. Friday at the Senate. — MDM, GMA News

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CBCP prays for 'fair day in court' after De Lima arrest By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated February 24, 2017 - 10:05am 1 35 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said Friday that it is hoping for justice and not vengeance in the case of Sen. Leila De Lima, who has been taken into police custody over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

"Let all who have been charged be accorded their fair day in the court of laws," the CBCP said in a statement on Friday after De Lima surrendered to authorities on drug charges.

"We beg the Lord to pour upon us the passion not for vengeance but for justice," CBCP also said.

De Lima turned herself in early Friday morning and was brought at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame. The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court issued a warrant for her arrest on Thursday and agreed on Friday morning to postpone proceedings to dismiss the case. The hearing on her motion to quash the case was originally set for Friday morning.

"It is unchristian to find secret pleasure in the sufferings of others," Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president, said in the released statement.

"Mercy without justice is weakness. Justice without love is tyranny," he also said.

The CBCP has been increasingly critical of a perceived disregard for human rights in the government's war on drugs. Its position has earned the CBCP and the Church criticism from supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, including House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who has dismissed the bishops as "simply a bunch of shameless hypocrites."


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Senator Leila de Lima’s first day in detention Camp Crame turned out to be a more pleasant experience than she expected.

Her staff reported that de Lima was not lonely in her first day a she had several visitors knocking on her doors including Commission on Human Rights Chair Chito Gascon, Dinagat Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, former Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales, and former Civil Service Commissioners Karina David

Her staff and visitors brought with them food and water because her lawyer announced she would not touch any of the food served to her in detention.

De Lima had “ginisang monggo” and fried fish for lunch.

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But de Lima confessed she missed most of all “Coco” , a Japanese Spitz, which was part of her “bark” pack of 13 dogs that she considered her “stress busters.”

In a speech in Miriam College last October, de Lima confessed Coco was the only one she allowed to sleep with her in bed because he’s the jealous type.

The senators is making the best out of her small room which has no refrigerator or airconditioner.

By the way, if you want to visit her, here’s the schedule: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. No selfies allowed as phones and cameras are banned.

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De Lima dodges arrest, fled to Senate posted February 24, 2017 at 12:01 am by Rey E. Requejo and Macon Ramos-Araneta, John Paolo Bencito


NON-BAILABLE, INEVITABLE. Senator Leila de Lima, surrounded by security in civilian clothes, walks to her news conference Thursday after the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court orders her arrest for her alleged involvement in the non-bailable New Bilibid Prison illegal drug trade. The 57-year-old human rights activist (inset) chokes and pauses during her news conference at the Senate. Lino Santos

SENATOR Leila de Lima dodged arrest late Thursday and fled to the Senate even after the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court issued a warrant in connection with the drug trafficking charges filed against her.

Police said they tried to serve the warrant on De Lima at the Senate but the lawmen spoke with Senate sergeant-at-arms Jose Balajadia Jr. and they agreed to defer the arrest until morning.

De Lima was earlier allowed to go home and prepare for arrest Friday morning but rushed back to the Senate after lawmen were ordered to effect the arrest Thursday night.

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“I feel less safe if they insist on arresting me tonight… I don’t want my family to see me being arrested,” said the 57-year-old senator whose boyfriend Ronnie Dayan was arrested in Pangasinan.

Aside from De Lima and Dayan, also included in the arrest warrant was former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Marcos Z. Ragos.

“I have no plan to escape my case. I have no plan to hide because I will face all my cases,” De Lima said in a dramatic press conference she called early Thursday evening.

“Since at this very moment, 7:20 pm, there is no warrant of arrest yet, I want to go home to spend time with my family. I will get my things to be brought to jail. I will go home tonight and return tomorrow morning here in the Senate and wait for the arresting team,” she said.

She said she was well aware that the charges against her are non-bailable but her lawyers will question the warrant of arrest in court.

VIOLATION

De Lima is accused of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in line with allegations that she allowed the illegal drug trade to flourish in the New Bilibid Prison when she was still Justice secretary.

Dayan allegedly acted as her bagman in the NBP while Ragos confessed that he delivered millions of pesos in drug payoffs to De Lima’s house.

The cases against De Lima stemmed from the complaints filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption; the NBI; former NBI deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Rule Lasala; and high-profile Bilibid inmate and self-confessed drug trader Jaybee Sebastian.


PANELO

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday said the pressure on De Lima was making her crazy.

“It is for her best interest that she engages the services of a competent medical professional to assist her in these trying times,” Panelo said.

Panelo also echoed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, who warned De Lima against inciting the people to rebel against the President, whom she branded as a “sociopathic murderer” and a dictator.

“Her continued and relentless tirades against President Duterte could lead to criminal liability for the commission of the crime of inciting to sedition,” Panelo said.

Panelo said that under the law, “inciting to sedition refers to a crime committed by someone who, without taking any direct part in sedition, incites others to inflict any act of hate or revenge against the person of the President by means of speech, among others.”

He also said karma had finally caught up with the senator, who now faces arrest and detention, much in the same way that former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo did when De Lima was Justice secretary.

“Unlike when she effected the arrest of former President [Arroyo] despite the absence of a criminal charge and a warrant of arrest, she will now be arrested and detained pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued by a competent court. She is being given due process which she shamelessly denied [President Arroyo] when she was secretary of Justice,” Panelo said.

De Lima earlier urged the public to speak out against crimes being committed by the President.

“Now is the time to make a stand and rise up in the face of a criminal dictator and a repressive regime,” the senator said.

“Lend your voice. Lend your voice of outrage [for] what’s happening in the country,” she said.

De Lima said the President, whom she accused of being liable for the killings of the Davao Death Squad, is “the number one criminal in the Philippines, if not the world.”

“Senator Leila de Lima may be off her rockers when she described President Duterte as a sociopathic serial killer and dictator,” Panelo said.

PERSISTENT DENIALS

De Lima has denied all the charges against her, saying the accusations were payback for her crusade against Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

In a statement, De Lima said the President and Aguirre should be arrested for committing the most seditious and murderous act of inciting people to violence against mere suspected pushers and users in the last seven months.

“This administration has been committing acts of sedition since the beginning for pitting the population against each other in a drug war that calls for the elimination of an entire class of the population which, according to the President, consists of 3 million pushers and users,” De Lima said.

“The single most abominable act of sedition is Aguirre and Duterte inciting acts of hate and violence on the people they identify as no longer humans, while being in government by virtue of a Constitution that tells them that no one shall be deprived of life without due process of law,” she added.

By calling a part of the population as sub-humans and ordering their killing without due process, De Lima said, the regime has overthrown constitutional order through a political coup and by perverting an electoral mandate to perpetrate a policy of premeditated mass murder.

She called Aguirre and Duterte “rebels and inciters” against a constitutional order that values life and due process above everything else.

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VACC lawyer twits de Lima: She’s acting like a ‘spoiled brat’ By: Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQINQUIRER.net / 05:50 PM February 24, 2017


Atty. Ferdinand Topacio. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO Atty. Ferdinand Topacio. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

A lawyer of one of the complainants against Senator Leila De Lima told the senator to stop acting like a “spoiled brat” and instead follow the rule of law.

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, general counsel of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), on Friday said, “Sen. De Lima is acting like a spoiled brat. She wants the court to violate the Rules of Court to accommodate her. That is so ‘assuming,’ to use a colloquialism.”

“De Lima must be reminded that she is now under a judicial process where it is the Rules of Court, not her rules that should be followed,” he added, advising the Senator to just concentrate on her defense in the drug trade case instead of harping on technicalities.

Read : Judge, De Lima lawyer at loggerheads over basis of arrest warrant

He also warned her lawyers not to cast “aspersions” to the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 who ordered her arrest.

“There is nothing illegal about the warrant of arrest. It is Sen. Leila de Lima who is illegal. Her lawyers are also doing something illegal when they cast aspersions on the validity of the warrant issued by Judge Juanita Guerrero without any legal grounds. It is called ‘contempt of court’ and it is punishable by fine or imprisonment. They could also get disbarred,” Topacio added.

READ: What Went Before: RTC Judge Juanita Guerrero

Topacio explained that there is nothing under Rule 117 of the Rules of Court that mandates that a motion to quash must first be heard before a warrant is issued.

“Such a motion is directed against the information and may be heard at anytime before arraignment, where an accused pleads ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’. On the other hand, Section 5, Rule 112 of the Rules mandates the trial court to issue a warrant within 10 days from the filing of an information,” Topacio said. IDL


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After arrest, De Lima to seek relief from Supreme Court RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 24 2017 12:15 PM


Senator Leila De Lima leaves her office at the Senate after she was arrested on drug charges in Manila, Philippines February 24, 2017. Reuters

MANILA - The Camp of Senator Leila de Lima is preparing to assail her warrant of arrest before the Supreme Court, citing grave abuse of discretion.

Boni Tacardon, De Lima's counsel, said they will question the arrest warrant before the high court.

"Legal team is preparing a petition questioning the warrant. Hindi ko pa alam status pero we will definitely go up to the SC on this issue. I think they are raising grave abuse of discretion," Tacardon said.

De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested Friday after charges were filed in court alleging she received money from drug dealers inside the country's prisons to fund her Senatorial campaign. She will be detained the Camp Crame's Custodial Center.

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Another warrant of arrest for De lima won't be likely anytime soon after the issuance of the first one Thursday, said Tacardon.

Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 Judge Amelia Fabros Corpuz didn't seem inclined to issue one for the illegal drugs case against de Lima that was raffled off to her sala after she took judicial notice of the warrant of arrest that was issued and served to de Lima by branch 204 for a separate illegal drugs case, added Tacardon.

A third illegal drugs case was lodged in Branch 206. All three cases stem from the various testimonies given by different inmates at the state penitentiary in the House probe on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons when de Lima was justice secretary.

Corpuz granted the prosecution's motion to reset Friday's hearing on the motion to quash. The prosecution wanted a continuance for March 3, but the judge reset the hearing to March 10 to give the prosecution 10 days to comment on the motion to quash, and another ten days for the defense to reply to the comment of the prosecution.

Tacardon said there was no corpus delicti or clear basis for the case based on the information filed in the case in Branch 205, filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, represented by Atty. Ferdie Topacio. The Branch 205 case was meanwhile based on the testimony of Peter Co.

Tacardon explained they are questioning the jurisdiction of branches 204 and 206, while for the case before Branch 205, they sought judicial determination of probable cause.

READ: Leila De Lima: From high-flying lawyer to rights crusader

Topacio meantime slammed the defense for assailing the issuance of a warrant of arrest.

"Karapatan po naman nila yun di ko lang po masyado matanggap ay yung sasabihin nila yung 204 ay nagmagic, masyadong mabilis daw alam niyo po ginawa lang po ng hukuman yung katungkulan niya sapagkat under rule 112 of the rules of court ay may 10 araw lang po from filing ang hukuman para magdecide kung may probable cause or not para magissue ng warrant of arrest si tama lang po yung proseso," said Topacio.

Topacio also blamed de lima for the warrant, pointing out she did not present evidence in her favor during the preliminary investigation.

"Papaano naman hindi magiging mabilis walang ebidensiya in favor of Senator de Lima na isinumite. In her arrogance, she was confident she can get a TRO [Temporary Restraining Order] from the Court of Appeals," said Topacio.

 
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Court commits De Lima to PNP Custodial Center (philstar.com) | Updated February 24, 2017 - 12:19pm 3 267 googleplus0 0


A cell at the PNP Custodial Center where Sen. De Lima has been ordered detained on drug charges. Boy Santos, file

MANILA, Philippines — The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court has ordered Sen. Leila De Lima, who surrendered to police over drug charges Friday morning, detained in the Philippine National Police headquarters in Quezon City.

Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 ordered De Lima committed to the Custodial Service Unit at Camp Crame as requested by Senior Superintendent Belli Tamayo, regional chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

The Custodial Service Unit runs the custodial center where former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla, who face plunder cases over their alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, are being held.

Even before De Lima was ordered arrested, PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa offered the use of the PNP Custodial Center if ordered by the court.

"For me, it's one of the most secure detention centers sa buong Pilipinas dahil nasa loob ng Camp Crame," he said in reports.

De Lima's Liberal Party colleagues at the Senate earlier said that they are worried for De Lima's safety in government custody.

"We fear for Senator Leila's life and security given what happened to Albuera Mayor [Rolando] Espinosa and Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo who were both killed in police-controlled facilities," Sens. Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan and Bam Aquino said in a joint statement.


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