SC denies De Lima petition on drug arrest with finality

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 6) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied with finality the petition of detained Senator Leila de Lima on her arrest over her alleged involvement in the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.

The High Court earlier dismissed the senator's petition on October 10, 2017 due to lack of merit, but the senator's camp filed another motion for reconsideration on November 3.

Three separate drug cases were filed against De Lima and several co-accused for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison while she was Justice Secretary from 2010 to 2015.

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 204 Judge Juanita Guerrero on February 24, 2017 ordered De Lima's arrest over the drug charges filed against her.

The senator has been detained without bail at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame since then.