Philippine court denies bail for Duterte critic: lawyer

Philippine human rights activist Leila de Lima was denied bail on the remaining drug trafficking charge against her. She has been detained for over six years and claims the charges were fabricated to silence her. If convicted, she could face life in prison. The decision has been criticized as politically motivated. De Lima has faced health issues during her detention, but the judge ruled they were not compelling grounds for bail. She has been a vocal critic of President Duterte and his drug war.

Philippine drug trafficking charge against Duterte critic dismissed

Philippine human rights campaigner Leila de Lima was acquitted on one of two drug trafficking charges, bringing her closer to freedom. Supporters gathered outside the court, chanting for her release. Although she remains in jail, awaiting a judge’s decision on bail, the acquittal marks the “beginning of her vindication.” De Lima, known for investigating extrajudicial killings, was arrested in 2017 on what many believe are fabricated charges in retaliation for her opposition to President Duterte’s drug war. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for her release.