De Lima arrest set on Friday morning


Posted at Feb 24 2017 12:05 AM | Updated as of Feb 24 2017 09:26 AM

Senator Leila de Lima is seen at the Senate in Pasay City, Metro Manila on 23 February 2017 as she awaits her warrant of arrest. Joseph Vidal, Senate PRIB, NPPA

MANILA (UPDATED) - Senator Leila de Lima will be arrested before 10 a.m. Friday, as agreed upon by the Senate sergeant-at-arms Jose V. Balajadia Jr. and arresting officers from the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG). 

Balajadia told DZMM Thursday night that the PNP-CIDG has agreed to implement the arrest order Friday morning.

"The CIDG was kind enough to say yes," Balajadia said. "It's (the arrest) going to be tomorrow morning before 10 o'clock."

"The lady senator needs some rest," he added.

Balajadia also said that De Lima is welcome to accept visitors in her Senate office. However, the Senate will limit the number of visitors.

"We will limit 'yung bisita nya ngayong gabi," he said.

(We will limit the number of visitors tonight.)

De Lima was not arrested in her house in Paranaque City on Thursday night because she returned to the Senate in Pasay City. 

"Pumunta po ako dito [sa Senado] kasi ayaw ko po na arestuhin nila ako sa bahay. Andun po ang family ko," De Lima told reporters outside her room in the Senate after the PNP-CIDG failed to find her in her house. 

(I came here because I do not want to get arrested in my house because my family is there.)

De Lima said there was an earlier agreement between Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III and Interior Secretary Ismael "Mike" Sueno that she would be arrested 8 a.m. on Friday. 

"Masyado naman pong unusual, although hindi naman illegal, kung pipilitin nila ngayong gabi ang pag-aresto sa akin," De Lima told reporters. 

(It is quite unusual, although not illegal, if they insist on arresting me tonight.)

"I will stay here sa Senado and wait for the sun to rise," she added.

De Lima surmised that Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa ordered that she be arrested on Thursday instead of Friday.

She assured that she will not evade arrest.