De Lima supporters seek 1 million signatures for her freedom

Jeff Hernaez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2017 04:12 PM

A policewoman guards Philippine Senator Leila De Lima as she gestures a sign that means "laban" (fight) after appearing at a court on drug related charges in Muntinlupa, February 24, 2017. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA - Supporters of Senator Leila De Lima are seeking at least one million signatures in support of her bid to be freed from detention. 

In a press conference Tuesday, Free Leila Movement convener Regina Mabalatan said they will submit the signatures to the Supreme Court as proof of public clamor for the senator's release. 

De Lima has been detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Quezon City since February for her alleged involvement in the New Bilibid Prison's illegal drug trade. 

Her supporters maintained that the justice department failed to prove that De Lima pocketed millions of pesos in drug pay-offs. 

The senator's camp has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to nullify her arrest over the drug charges. 

De Lima has repeatedly claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte orchestrated the case in retaliation to her criticism of the killings under his war on drugs -- an allegation that Malacañang denied

The Free Leila Movement is set to organize a concert whose proceeds will go to the victims of alleged extrajudicial killings.