De Lima: It's an honor to be jailed for this fight

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(File photo) Senator Leila De Lima spoke to the media before her arrest this morning. She vowed to continue the fight against the Duterte regime and that she's honored to be jailed for it.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Senator Leila De Lima was arrested Friday morning after being served the warrant of arrest by members of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG).

At past 8 a.m. De Lima was turned over by Senate security to the police and was brought to Camp Crame for booking.

Before her arrest, De Lima spoke to members of the media – some of whom had camped overnight at the Senate compound to follow developments on the embattled Senator's case.

She said, "Bababa na po ako rito sa Senado at haharapin ko na po yung team ng CIDG na mase-serve sa akin ng warrant of arrest. Sasama na po ako sa kanila voluntarily."

[Translation: I will leave the Senate and face the CIDG team who will serve the warrant of arrest. I will go with them voluntarily.]

De Lima reiterated her innocence, denying all allegations against her.

"Sa bandang huli, lalabas ang katotohanan at makakamit ko po ang hustisya...Lalabas po ang katotohanan sa tamang panahon."

[Translation: In the end, truth will prevail and I will get justice... The truth will come out at the appropriate time.]

She added, "Kung sa tingin po nila ay mapapatahimik nila ako; kung sa tingin po nila ay hindi na ako lalaban dun sa mga pinaglalaban ko, lalo na sa katotohanan, sa katarungan laban sa araw-araw na pagpatay at mga iba pa na mga panggigipit, paniniil nitong rehimeng Duterte, karangalan ko po na ako'y makulong dahil sa mga pinaglalaban ko po."

[Translation: If they think that they can silence me, that I will not fight for truth and justice – especially for the killings that happen every day and the other oppressive practices of the Duterte regime – it is my honor to be jailed for what I am fighting for.]

The Senator then thanked everyone and asked for prayers before leaving the Senate.

Working in jail

De Lima's chief-of-staff said the Senator left instructions to the staff on what to do in the coming days, adding she will continue her work as Senator.

The Senator brought with her books and documents as she will still file bills.

After her booking procedure, she is set to be detained at the PNP Custodial Center, which had been prepared for her arrival.

Her cell has a bed, comfort room, and ventilation.

The police, however, said De Lima will get no special treatment while in detention.

She will be treated like the other jailed politicians, Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada.

De Lima, as Justice Secretary then, put the two behind bars for their alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.