Palace hails impending De Lima arrest, says part of Duterte’s vow to rid PH of crime and corruption

  • Malacañang welcomed the issuance of arrest warrant against Sen. De Lima
  • Spokesperson said arrest part of president’s promise in fight against crime and corruption
  • He also said it reflected Duterte’s resolve against illegal drug traffickers and protectors

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang Palace welcomed the issuance of an arrest warrant against Sen. Leila de Lima in connection with the drug charges filed against her by the Department of Justice.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, this latest development is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign promise to cleanse the country of drugs, crime and corruption.

“The issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Senator De Lima is a major step forward in the administration’s anti-drug war,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “It is a fulfillment of the campaign promise of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to rid Philippine society of drugs, crime and corruption.”

Abella added that it also demonstrated Duterte’s unyielding drive to combat every drug pusher and their protectors until they are completely beaten.

“This demonstrates the President’s strong resolve to fight pushers, peddlers and their protectors and that his government will not yield until the last pusher and trader are out of the streets victimizing the Filipino youth,” he said. “This we owe to the Filipino youth and the future generations for whom we build a nation worthy of Filipinos; and Filipinos worthy of the nation.”

The DOJ charged De Lima with violating three sections of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act pertaining to the sale and trading of illegal drugs as a government official.

Aside from De Lima, the senator’s former driver Ronnie Dayan and former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos were included in the warrant.

Dayan has already been arrested and is under the custody of the Muntinlupa police.