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DOJ files charges against De Lima

Sen. Leila De Lima speaks to journalists. (File photo)
Sen. Leila De Lima speaks to journalists. (File photo)

The Department of Justice formally pressed charges against Senator Leila De Lima on her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

The DOJ filed three criminal cases against De Lima at the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court early this afternoon.

The cases filed against the lady senator include sale, trade and protection of the illegal drug trade inside the NBP; based on the accusations of some high-profile inmates against De Lima during the Senate hearings on the said matter.

Aside from De Lima, former Bureau of Corrections Director Franklin Bucayo has also been charged of violating Section 5 of the Dangerous Drugs Act, with a punishment of lifetime imprisonment or a fine of up to Php10 million.

The Muntinlupa RTC will soon be releasing the warrant of arrest against De Lima.  However, it is not clear yet if the rookie Senator will be allowed to post bail because under the Constitution, there is no available bail for the cases filed against the Senator.

Meanwhile, De Lima camp already issued a statement regarding the DOJ’s move to press charges against her.

De Lima’s statement:

“This is travesty of truth and justice.  Plain and simple political persecution.  I will fight this out for as long as I can.  They can never break my spirit.”

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