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Pro and Anti-Marcos Battle: Senator Leila De Lima’s Arrest is Far from Victory

Laila De Lima

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It may be a coincidence that the arrest of Senator Leila De Lima on Illegal Drugs-related cases happen on the day that the People’s Power Revolution is commemorated by the government in a simple and discreet ceremony – just like the Marcos Hero’s burial. Police arrested Senator Leila De Lima after a Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge issued a warrant. De Lima was arrested at the Senate past 8 a.m, Feb 24 and was brought to Camp Crame for booking procedures like the return of the warrant, mug shots, fingerprinting and more.

Youtube video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Senator Leila de Lima is under arrest at CIDG, Camp Crame for one of the drug-related cases filed against her in relation to the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court issued the “warrant of arrest”.

Hearing on March 10

De Lima proceeds to the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 with escorts where Judge Juanita Guerrero issues a commitment order to detain her at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center. Judge Amelia Fabros of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 rules that the hearing for her cases is on March 10. De Lima’s cases are raffled off to Branch 204, 205, and 206. She is back to Camp Crame after the procedure.

Probable Cause

Guerrero orders De Lima’s arrest after she cites a probable cause for the charges against the lady senator. She is facing accusations on her linkage to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison while she was Justice secretary from 2010 to 2015. There might be concrete evidence that leads to her arrest but it does not mean yet that she is guilty of the crimes she’s accused of. The senator deserves due process.

Liberal Party Mates Stood by De Lima

De Lima’s arrest is not a victory for the country. It is a continued battle between the Pro-Marcos and Anti-Marcos. The Liberal Party members won’t easily submit to the administration. They will use all their resources to get even. As Filipinos know, the LP is blocking Bongbong Marcos’ return to the executive office. While the president intends to install him at the soonest possible time. Pangilinan, Drilon, Aquino, an Hontiveros support De Lima all the way – as shown in the press conference when she submits herself and shows her readiness to go to prison.

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Pro and Anti – Marcos Support among Lawmakers

The Davao Death Squad Probe majority vote in favor of the decision to re-investigate the president’s DDS involvement divides the house. This is despite the fact that the president is a popular one. His strong control in the upper and lower houses diminishes. This is predicted in the past that eventually, some senators and congressmen will turn against him. Senator Richard Gordon challenges those who are anti-administration who pretend to be insiders. The main obvious reason for them to do that is the president’s pro-Marcos idealism because he believes in the competence of the older Marcos that can be continued by the son, Bongbong Marcos.

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