On October 12, a message was conveyed to De Lima, assuring her that they do not wish for her to fall victim to a mistrial. The message indicated that pertinent information would be disclosed at the appropriate time, with a firm assurance that the final case against her would be dismissed.
De Lima, who has been in detention for six years and eight months since February 2017, has faced three drug cases. Notably, she was acquitted in the first two cases. The acquittal in the second case came after Rafael Ragos, a former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge and a key witness against her, retracted his previous allegations.
According to Boni Tacardon, the legal representative of Leila De Lima, the former senator and justice secretary still have to undergo certain “procedural steps” for her release, which involve going to Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Tacardon expressed confidence that Senator Leila De Lima will finally receive the justice she deserves, and after seven years of detention, her time behind bars will come to an end today. He further mentioned that she will be returning home on the same day.