News Release

From the Presidential Spokesperson – On the one year anniversary of Senator Leila de Lima’s incarceration

Let me first greet Senator Leila de Lima a happy anniversary.

Senator De Lima’s incarceration shows that the criminal justice system in the Philippines is alive, effective and working.

Senator De Lima has been detained because of drug charges. She is a living symbol that the Philippines has become a narco-state with her election in office funded by drugs. She is the mother of all drug lords by allowing the illegal drug trade to proliferate inside the National Bilibid Prison when she was the Department of Justice Secretary.

Senator De Lima’s case is now pending in our courts. Let us therefore refrain from influencing the outcome of her case and just let the legal process proceed accordingly.