SC upholds De Lima's arrest over drug charges

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 06 2018 06:27 PM | Updated as of Jun 06 2018 09:50 PM

Senator Leila De Lima emerges from her hearing on drug charges at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court, June 30, 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the arrest of Sen. Leila de Lima in connection with drug-related charges against her.

The high court denied "with finality" De Lima's motion for reconsideration and said it would no longer entertain future pleadings or motions.

"...No substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned decision," the court said in a notice.

A fierce critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, De Lima previously told the Supreme Court that it should "immediately rectify the continuing grave injustice" against her.

De Lima was arrested on Feb. 24, 2017 on allegations that she received drug payoffs from prisoners at the national penitentiary during her time as justice chief. 

She has since been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

The lawmaker has repeatedly denied drug involvement and said her detention was "political persecution."

-report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News