On 1,000th day of De Lima’s detention, Duterte rehashes allegations against her

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines. November 20) — Senator Leila de Lima marked her 1,000th day in detention Wednesday, and President Rodrigo Duterte brought up the allegations against the embattled lawmaker.

In a message posted on social media, de Lima said she was "unjustly incarcerated" because "I chose — and continue to choose — to speak and stand for the truth."

De Lima said she refuses to be cowed by "powerful and influential people" and instead chooses to continue to speak for the truth.

The senator maintains she is neither involved nor has she profited from the illegal drug trade. She has also shown support for investigations into allegations of extrajudicial killings related to the administration's drug war.

Supporters staged a rally Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the senator, and among the speakers at the event was former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III who said he admired de Lima for her strength in the face of her challenges.

However, in a speech at the 50th anniversary of the Department of National Defense, President Duterte again brought up the alleged cases against de Lima.

He said, "They refuse to understand that the case against de Lima is true. They took the line of the left which is a political prisoner. On my oath as President, I'm telling you it is true. She really did collect money."

The President said de Lima did this to fund her Senate bid.

"Ambitions can blind you," Duterte added.

Duterte also brought up a video allegedly showing the senator and her driver — who was also implicated in the drug charges — sharing an intimate moment.

De Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges, allegations which she has continuously denied.