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State drops charges against De Lima | BREAKING NEWS

Manila – The Philippines presidency has announced that the State has dropped charges against senator Leila de Lima, the presidency said in a statement.

According to the statement, the drop of the charges are as result of the calls from various Human Rights groups.

The Research and advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Sunday urged Philippine officials to immediately drop “politically motivated charges” against Senator Leila de Lima, claiming such cases debase the rule of law.

“The prosecution of Senator Leila de Lima is an act of political vindictiveness that debases the rule of law in the Philippines,” Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in an emailed statement.

“We hereby announce that all charges against Senator Leila de Lima have been dropped per pleas of various Human Rights groups” – the statement from the presidency read.

De Lima was charged with three separate drug cases before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court for violation of Section 5 (sale and trading of illegal drugs) in relation to Section 3 (jj), Section 26 (b), and Section 28 (criminal liability of government officials and employees) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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