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Senator Leila de Lima should have been freed already had she only been charged with direct bribery, former socioeconomic planning secretary Winnie Monsod said.

In her October 28 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Monsod said no less than Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said in his dissenting opinion in De Lima’s case that “the crime alleged in the Information [against De Lima] is Direct Bribery.”

He said the allegation that De Lima was involved in the illegal drug trade is “a pure invention” since the Information filed by the Department of Justice did not indicate who the sellers and buyers were, as well as what products was sold.

Monsod, however, believes the DOJ did not charge De Lima with direct bribery because she could post bail for it.

“Direct bribery is bailable, and illegal drug trading is not. Remember, Mr. Duterte wanted her to ‘rot in jail.’ See what I mean?” she asked.

De Lima has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since February.