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Court finds 'sufficient probable cause' on charges vs De Lima; issues Warrant of Arrest - by Siena Luchansky

Leila De Lima to be arrested soon.
Krissia Luchansky
PTPA - Krissia Luchansky
Judge Juanita Guerrero of Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204 has issued an arrest warrant for Leila De Lima and two others days after the government filed charges against the lady senator for her alleged involvement in the drug operations inside the Bilibid.

"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.

Charges was filed against De Lima for allegedly receiving drug money from convicts in exchange for their protection when she headed the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the previous administration.

In a television interview Thursday, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III confirmed the issuance of the warrant, saying he was informed about it by his staff. He said some law enforcers are already at the Senate to serve the arrest warrant, but he is asking the law enforcers to coordinate with the Senate security first. He said De Lima is willing to comply with the court order. "Everything will be done in accordance with the rules of the court," Pimentel said. He also said that De Lima is not suspended, so she will still be treated as a senator.

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