A warrant of arrest against Senator Leila de Lima is issued by Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on February 23.
Another warrants of arrest are also issued to Delima’s driver and bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan and former Bureau of Correction officer-in-charge Rafael Marcos Ragos.
The warrants of arrest were in connection with their alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when De Lima was still the Justice secretary.
The court said there was probable cause for the issuance of the warrants for their arrest.
In an interview, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that the ‘warrant of arrest is inevitable and is expected because they filed strong cases against De Lima, he said.
The Department of Justice filed three cases last February 17, against De Lima and seven others for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in connection with her alleged involvement in the proliferation of drugs in the NBP.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III confirmed the issuance of the warrant, saying he was informed about it by his staff.
He said law enforcers are already at the Senate to serve the arrest warrant on De Lima but he warned the arresting officers that they cannot arrest the senator inside Senate premises.
He said De Lima is willing to comply with the court order.
‘Everything will be done in accordance with the rules of the court,’ Pimentel said.
De Lima is not suspended, so she will still be treated as a senator,’ Pimentel added.
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