- Senator De Lima surrenders to CIDG
- De Lima spent the night in her Senate office
- She was accompanied by Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia to the CIDG agents
Senator Leila De Lima turned herself in to agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Friday morning, February 24.
As mentioned in an Inquirer story, the lady senator, who was accused of being involved in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during her term as justice secretary, was escorted by Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia to CIDG team led by director Chief Supt. Roel Obusan.
The senator spent the night in her Senate office because she said she does not want her family to see her being arrested at her home. She expressed her readiness to be jailed; saying it’s an honor to be jailed for what she is fighting for.
De Lima is hoping that truth will prevail; insisting that she is innocent of the accusations thrown at her.
“Katulad po ng palagi kong sinasabi at inuulit ko po ngayon, inosente po ako. Wala pong katotohanan, pawang kasinungalingan ang mga pinaparatang po nila sa akin na ako diumano ay nakinabang sa droga, diumano tumanggap ng drug money, diumano ay nag-coddle o nag-protect ng mga drug suspects. pawang ho kasinungalinan ‘yan. Lalabas ho ang katotohanan sa tamang panahon,” De Lima said.
[Like I always said and I am saying it again, I am innocent. There is no truth to the accusations that I benefited from drugs, that I allegedly received drug money, that I allegedly coddled or protected drug suspects, these are all lies. The truth will come out in the right time.]