Leila De Lima Message To Ex-President Duterte After Posting Bail

Former senator Leila de Lima is out on bail and here’s her message for former president Rodrigo Duterte.

The Muntinlupa City Regional Trial granted the appeal of Leila De Lima to bail out and here’s her message for the former president.

It has been nearly seven years since former senator Leila De Lima was imprisoned. It’s been that long but Philippine drug war critic Leila de Lima did not lose the faith that she should be freed one day.

“Motions for reconsideration of the concerned accused are granted. Thus, the Order of the Court dated June 07, 2023, is reconsidered. Consequently, accused De Lima, Bucayu, Dayan, Sanchez, and Dera are allowed to post bail in the amount of P300,000 each,” states the document signed by Presiding Judge Gener M. Gito.

Each of them has to pay Php 300,000.00 to bail out. To recall, former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu, de Lima’s former aide Ronnie Dayan, de Lima’s former security aide Joenel Sanchez and Jad Dera were the former senator’s co-accused.

Leila De Lima
Photo from The Manila Times

De Lima and Bucayu were accused of permitting illegal trade inside the national penitentiary from May 2013 to May 2015. This was the time when she was the justice secretary.

She denied the accusations and claimed that she was just a victim of former president Rodrigo Duterte‘s political witchhunt. She expressed that she has earned the ire of the former president because of her being vocal about certain matters during his leadership.

She spent almost seven years inside the prison and now that she is out, she has this message for the former president.

“God forgive him and God bless him,” she said and she supposed that he knew what he did. As of now, she is discussing with her legal team the next move they are going to take.

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She added, “I don’t want to be political sounding tonight. This is a triumphant moment for me so as much as possible I want to be gracious. He knows what he did to me.”

After the bail, she also expressed gratitude to the Marcos administration for “respecting the independence of the judiciary”. She just knew there would be hope in a new administration.

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