“If the loss of my freedom is the price I have to pay for standing up against the butchery of the Duterte regime, then it is a price I am willing to pay,” Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday.
“But they are mistaken if they think my fight ends here. It has only begun,” the senator added.
De Lima issued the statement following the filing of charges against her at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court in connection with her alleged involvement in illegal drugs when she was still Justice Secretary.
She said her lawyers were already on top of the situation and would file the corresponding motions as soon as the cases were raffled to a specific branch.
“I have long prepared myself to be the first political prisoner under this regime, because the criminal charges and prosecution are nothing less than a politically motivated act by the Duterte regime to clamp down on any vocal opposition against its support for a policy of EJK in dealing with suspected criminals,” the senator said.