Duterte Critic Detained for Six Years Gets Philippine Bail
- Ex-Senator de Lima had been in detention since Feb. 2017
- De Lima thanks Marcos for respecting judiciary’s independence
A Philippine court has granted the bail petition of former Senator Leila de Lima, a staunch critic of ex-President Rodrigo Duterte who has been in detention for more than six years.
“I’ve been praying so hard for this day to come,” an emotional de Lima, 64, told reporters on Monday as she was ushered out of the court by the police. “I don’t want to be sad or bitter today. This is a moment of triumphant joy and also thanksgiving,” she said in remarks televised by ABS-CBN News Channel.