- Sen. Leila de Lima was arrested by the police on February 24
- She is being accused of profiting from the illegal shabu trade in the Bilibid during her time as the DOJ chief
- However, a priest and some supporters prayed over her before she was arrested
Before Senator Leila de Lima was arrested by the police on Friday, February 24, a priest and some supporters prayed over the embattled lawmaker for her safety and protection.
The Catholic human rights defender was arrested for allegedly profiting from the illegal shabu trade inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City during her time as the Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary.
However, the senator’s supporters say that her arrest was meant to silence her for being one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s most vocal critics.
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De Lima has constantly slammed Duterte’s approach in fighting criminality and for allegedly having a hand in the summary killings in the country.
Over 7,000 suspected criminals have already been killed since the start of Duterte’s administration.
Both De Lima and the Catholic Church have condemned these killings, asking for the investigation of these deaths.
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