Malacañang has disputed former President Benigno Aquino III’s statement that Senator Leila De Lima is suffering in jail because of her principles.
In a statement Monday (March 26), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said De Lima “is not fighting for her principle and was not detained because of her political beliefs.”
“The lady Senator was arrested and incarcerated because of serious drug charges where she was accused of allowing the illegal drug trade to proliferate inside the National Bilibid Prison when she was the DOJ Secretary,” he said.
De Lima has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since February 2017 due to drug-related charges filed by the Department of Justice.
During the launch of De Lima’s book, “Dispatches from Crame,” last month, Aquino lauded De Lima for her principles.
“Makikita naman natin: Si Leila, klarong-klarong may prinsipyo. Sa pinagdadaanan niya, malinaw na tayo ang kanyang ipinaglalaban. Mainam namang maipadama natin kay Leila na sa labang ito, hindi siya nag-iisa,” he said.