De Lima Files for Bail After Three Years in Detention

Detained Senator Leila de Lima last Monday applied for bail before a Muntinlupa court, the first time she sought for temporary liberty since she was detained in 2017 for her alleged involvement in the production and sale of illegal drugs during her stint as Justice Secretary.

In a petition filed before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court-Branch 166, the opposition senator said that she should be allowed to post bail as “the evidence against her is hearsay.”

The case alleges that De Lima supposedly demanded money and vehicles for her 2016 senatorial campaign from drug lord Peter Co, who is jailed in the New Bilibid Prison. 

The senator has consistently denied the accusations against her, saying she was detained for being a vocal critic of President Duterte and his administration’s war on drugs.

In January 2020, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra noted that while De Lima has been asserting her innocence, she has yet to file bail.


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