Updated 18:29 PM PHT Fri, February 17, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It was no surprise to President Rodrigo Duterte when the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed three drug cases against Sen. Leila De Lima, the agency's former chief.
"She will have to face the music," Duterte said in an interview on Friday, after he visited wounded soldiers in naval military hospital in Panacan, Davao.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed three criminal complaints — all drug cases — against Sen. Leila De Lima at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Friday afternoon.
The cases were for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison while she was still Justice Secretary.
Duterte said, it took a while for the DOJ to develop the case against De Lima.
"Ilang testigo yun, two months to develop the case," said the President. [There were a number of witnesses, it took two months to develop the case.]
"Alam naman ng Pilipino yan. Alam ng Pilipino na ganon talaga ang istilo nya." [The Filipino people know about it. Filipinos know her style.]
The President is convinced, the cases filed against De Lima are strong.
In a text message to CNN Philippines after the DOJ filed cases in Muntinlupa RTC, De Lima said what happened was "travesty of truth and justice."
She added, DOJ's move was "plain and simple political persecution."
"I will fight this out for as long as I can. They can never break my spirit," De Lima said.