Philippines senator who branded President Duterte 'serial killer' arrested
- The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the "sociopathic serial killer".
Speaking to journalists minutes before armed police in flak jackets detained her, Senator Leila de Lima insisted she was innocent of the drug trafficking charges that could see her jailed for life.
"They will not be able to silence me and stop me from fighting for the truth and justice and against the daily killings and repression by the Duterte regime."
De Lima had appealed late on Thursday night for police not to arrest her overnight, and committed to surrendering on Friday. "If they respect the Senate as an institution, they should not force an arrest tonight," she told reporters.(Excerpt) Read more at: theguardian.com ...
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