MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Senator Leila de Lima has been arrested at the Senate building after the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court ordered her arrest.
The two others charged along with Senator De Lima for drug charges are yet to be arrested.
Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 issued the warrant, members of the senator’s staff confirmed Thursday afternoon.
“After a careful evaluation of the herein Information and all the evidence presented during the preliminary investigation conducted in this case by the Department of Justice, Manila, the Court finds sufficient probable cause for the issuance of Warrants of Arrest against Leila M. de Lima, Rafael Marcos Z. Ragos and Ronnie Palisoc Dayan,” the order read.
Ragos is former Bureau of Corrections chief while Dayan is the former driver and boyfriend of De Lima, her alleged “bagman” who dealt with Bilibid drug operators when she was justice secretary.
The arrest warrant was issued less than a week after the Department of Justice filed charges against De Lima for allegedly receiving drug money from convicts in exchange for their protection when she headed the DOJ.