Pimentel bars cops from Senate premises, sets conditions on serving arrest warrant vs De Lima

  • Senate president issued guideline to cops on how to serve arrest warrant against De Lima
  • He said police barred from entering Senate premises, can only wait at the main entrance
  • He told them if they want to serve the warrant, they must hand it to the Sergeant-at-Arms

MANILA, Philippines – With the arrest warrant against Sen. Leila de Lima out, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said he has issued orders to the Senate security to bar policemen from entering Senate premises to effect the arrest.

Saying they are allowed to go up only until the Senate’s main entrance, Pimentel said the lawmen who want to serve the arrest warrant must hand it over to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms who would then convey it to De Lima.

It would then be up to the senator to comply or ignore the warrant; in the latter case, the policemen would still be barred from entering the Senate premises regardless.

“We’ve given instructions to the Senate security; we’re in charge of security within our facilities. They can only go no further than the doorway,” he told InterAksyon.

Pimentel added that De Lima can also choose to stay inside her office, and the arresting officers would still have no choice but to wait.

The Senate President advised policemen that it would be better if they serve the arrest warrant tomorrow.

“From our Monday caucus, our main concern is her safety and security. Second concern is that she continues to function as a senator,” he said.

De Lima is accused of violating three sections of the country’s anti-drug trafficking. Her case has been raffled off to Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204.

Aside from De Lima, also included in the arrest warrant were her former driver Ronnie Dayan and former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) OIC Rafael Ragos.