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Philippine Law Enforcers Arrest Duterte Critic on Drug Charges

A Philippines Senator was arrested alleging she received money from drug dealers inside the country's prisons.
By The News · 23 of February 2017 20:02:05
In this Oct. 26, 2016 photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Philippine Economic Forum in Tokyo, No available, photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko

MANILA – A Philippines Senator and staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs was arrested on Friday by law enforcement agents after charges were filed in court alleging she received money from drug dealers inside the country’s prisons.

Senator Leila de Lima, her former driver and bodyguard and a former national prison official were ordered to be arrested by a local court after a judge found merit in criminal charges filed by the Department of Justice last week.

“The truth will come out and I will achieve justice. I am innocent,” she told reporters shortly before law enforcers escorted her away from her office.

She is facing two more drug-related charges in the same court.

KAREN LEMA