Senator Leila De Lima was arrested in the morning of February 24 on drug charges.
Is Delima being politically persecuted by the Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s administration or are her acts as justice secretary during the Aquino administration coming back to haunt her?
She has cried that she is being politically persecuted by the current administration for her staunch opposition to President Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.
Her camp said Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guererro committed grave abuse of discretion when she ordered her arrest despite her pending motion to dismiss the case over the RTC’s lack of jurisdiction.
She insists that it is the Sandiganbayan, not the RTC, which has jurisdiction over her case.
De Lima compared the treatment of the Duterte administration of its critics to that of the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, saying the latter never engaged in any political persecution.
De Lima said, unlike the current administration, the Aquino administration never persecuted any perceived political foes.
Duterte’s legal counsel Salvador Panelo said, the senator was experiencing karma for her previous actions as justice secretary of the Aquino administration, citing what Delima did to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Panelo said De Lima was being given due process by the Duterte administration unlike what happened to Mrs. Arroyo.
The senator effected the arrest of former President GMA despite the absence of a criminal charge and a warrant of arrest.
Delima is being given due process which she shamelessly denied FPGMA former President Macapagal Arroyo when she was Secretary of Justice.
A Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge issued an arrest warrant against Arroyo the same day she was charged with electoral sabotage by the Commission Elections.
Arroyo was granted bail for this case but she would later be re-arrested for a separate plunder case and placed on hospital arrest.
Prior to Arroyo’s detention at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), De Lima had barred Arroyo from leaving the Philippines despite a Supreme Court temporary restraining order (TRO) allowing the former president to seek medical attention abroad.
De Lima insisted then that the travel ban would remain in place until the government formally received the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision and decide on the government’s appeal.
Pork barrel cases were also filed against several politicians, including then-Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla, and Jinggoy Estrada under her time.