Just In: Senator Leila De Lima has finally spoken up about her upcoming arrest following the order that was sent by the Muntinlupa RTC earlier on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
The warrant was issued by Muntinlupa RTC Judge Juanita Guerrero. It called for the arrest of Senator Leila De Lima, Rafael Ragos, and Ronnie Dayan.
The three have been accused of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
In a press conference that was held a few hours after news of the issuance of her warrant of arrest broke out, a tearful but determined De Lima spoke to the public:
"Tuloy na tuloy po ang laban ni Leila de Lima," said the senator and former Justice secretary.
In her speech, the senator told the press about her plans for her upcoming arrest.
"Gusto ko muna po makapiling ang aking pamilya. Uuwi po ako ngayon gabi, at babalik po ako bukas ng umaga."
According to CNN Philippines' Facebook page, highlights of De Lima's most recent press conference include the following:
1. The senator claims that she did not receive a copy of the warrant of arrest
2. She is determined to face all the cases that were filed against her
3. She will surrender tomorrow morning upon returning to the senate from her home
4. She made it clear that her safety must be ensured
Following the press conference, some of the senator's colleagues were interviewed by various members of the press about her upcoming arrest.
In an interview with ANC, Senator Risa Hontiveros expressed her disapproval. She also added that she believes that the swift issuance of the arrest order against De Lima reflects the culture of double standard and mysogyny in the country.
Senator Francis Pangilinan on the other hand expressed his concern for the senator's safety.
Watch this video for De Lima's full statement: