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Better luck in 2022: De Lima sure she won’t get out of jail until Duterte’s term ends


Despite her pending motion before the Supreme Court, Senator Leila De Lima is certain she will remain in detention while President Rodrigo Duterte remains in office.

In an interview with The Varsitarian, the University of Santo Tomas’ official student paper, De Lima said the administration will make sure she stays in jail.

“One thing’s for sure—as long as the President is in Malacañang, as long as [he] stays the President, as long as he’s alive, I think I will remain in jail. He will make sure of that. It will be a huge slap in his face if I’m released,” she said.

De Lima was arrested on February 24 last year for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

After spending a year inside the Philippine National Police Custodial Center, the senator said she has learned to adjust to being alone.

“I’ve learned to live with the isolation and sense of solitude,” she said.

De Lima maintained she is innocent of the charges against her. An abogado, she noted that the Department of Justice’s decision to change the complaint against her from drug trading to conspiracy to commit drug trading shows the cases against her are baseless.

“They don’t have physical evidence. Nahirapan silang i-prove ‘yun kaya they changed it,” she said.

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