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Philippines: Senator Leila de Lima Detained on Drug-related Charges

  • Senator de Lima, who is known for being one of the critics of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, was taken into custody on Friday morning. She was accused of helping the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison while serving as justice secretary from 2010 to 2015.

    Police arrived at her office before 8 am; however, demonstrators expressed their support to the senator by waving banners that read "one for Leila."

    As per reports, Senator de Lima has always mentioned that she has no involvement in the illegal drug trade.