Senator de Lima along with Jose Adrian Dera also known as Jad De Vera were charged for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Apparently, the two were involved in the illegal drug trade sometime in March 2016. Dera extorted money and vehicles from Peter Co, a high-profile drug lord jailed at New Bilibid Prison, for the lady senator's senatorial campaign last May 2016 election.
Peter Co gave P3 million, which were from the proceeds from selling illegal drugs while still in Bilibid, and also four vehicles through Dera for de Lima's campaign.
The senator is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame for a previous arrest order by Judge Juanita Guerrero of the Muntinlupa RTC Branch 204. However, there is still a pending case before Muntinlupa RTC Branch 206, under Judge Patria Manalastas-De Leon for the senator.
De Lima previously filed a petition at the Supreme Court seeking for the higher court to nullify her first arrest order.
Senator Leila de Lima has three criminal charges filed against her.
First case is Criminal Case Number 17-165 which is handled by Branch 204, one count of violation of Section 5 of the Dangerous Drugs Act, which penalizes the "sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of illegal drugs."
De Lima allegedly asked money from the New Bilibid inmates ti fund her senatorial bid n 2016.
Second case is the second count of drug trade which is handled by Branch 206 against De Lima; former BuCor chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu; Bucayu’s former staff, Wilfredo Elli; inmate Jaybee Sebastian; Dayan; De Lima’s former security aide, Joenel Sanchez; and a certain Jad de Vera.
The mentioned inmates allegedy forced to produce P70 million in order to provide funds of Senator Leila de Lima's senatorial campaign.
Third case is Criminal Case Number 17-166, handled by Branch 205, is another count of drug trade against De Lima and De Vera.
As in the other two cases, De Lima allegedly extorted money from Co, who was able to produce P30 million and 4 vehicles which were given to De Lima through De Vera. This allegedly happened in March 2016.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the drug charges against inmates Herbert Colanggo, Engelbert Durano, Vicente Sy, Jojo Baligad, and Peter Co because "they will be utilized as prosecution witnesses."
Source: CNN, Rappler