Cops and Senate Sgt.-at-Arms to serve arrest warrant against De Lima tomorrow before 10 AM

  • Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and CIDG agreed to serve arrest warrant against senator tomorrow at 10 AM
  • Compromise reached after cops left De Lima’s home empty-handed
  • Senator to stay the night at the Senate

MANILA, Philippines – Until 10 AM it is.

Members of the PNP Criminal and Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms have agreed to serve the arrest warrant issued by a regional trial court to Sen. Leila de Lima before 10 AM on Friday.

“Morning, before 10 o’clock,” Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia told GMA News.

The compromise came after the CIDG’s arresting team went to serve the warrant against De Lima at her home in Parañaque but came up empty-handed after she left minutes before they arrived and returned to the Senate.

Earlier, Senate President Koko Pimentel instructed security to bar police from serving the warrant inside the premises; citing legislative protocol.

For her part, De Lima said she went back to the Senate because she didn’t want her family to see her arrest.

“I came back here hurriedly because I don’t want them to arrest me at my house because my family is there and I don’t want them to see me being arrested,” she said.

De Lima also explained that she didn’t want to be arrested at night due to safety reasons but stressed that she will give herself up peacefully tomorrow.

“I am not going to flee. I am ready to be arrested,” she said. “But I just hope (that it won’t be tonight. So I’ll just stay here at the Senate and wait for the sun to rise before I face them,” she said.

One of De Lima’s two co-accused, her former driver Ronnie Dayan, has already been arrested and placed under the custody of the Muntinlupa police.

The other, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) OIC Rafael Ragos, has yet to be served the warrant.