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De Lima detained in prison but vows not to be silenced

Embattled Senator Leila de Lime has vowed to continue speaking out against the Dueterte administration as she surrendered to authorities on Friday morning to face charges of trafficking in illicit drugs filed against her by the Department of Justice, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday.

De Lima said it was an honour to be jailed for she was fighting for and asked the public for prayers.

She spent Thursday night at her Senate office to force arresting officers to delay serving her the arrest warrant and allow her to enjoy a few hours of freedom.

I have faith in God that I can surpass all this and in the end truth and justice will prevail, she told the media.

Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court Branch 204 also ordered the arrest of de Lima's former bodyguard and driver Ronnie Dayan and former Bureau of Corrections officer in charge Rafael Ragos.

De Lima said she got a call from former president Benigno Aquino 3rd who asked about her plight.

In a statement sent to reporters, she hit out at Duterte administration call it a power hungry, morally bankrupt and abusive government.

De Lima was not handcuffed while she was booked, fingerprinted and had her mug shot taken at Camp Crame. After the booking process, she was taken to the Muntinlupa court to board a white van for the return of her arrest warrant and presentation to Judge Guerrero.

In a commitment order, the court ordered de Lima detained at the PNP Custodial Centre in Camp Crame, one of the safest jail facilities in the country.

Camp Crame sources said de Lima would be detained at the back portion of the facility apart from the quarters of former senators Jose Estrada ad Ramon Ravilla Jr.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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