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Why is Philippine Senator Leila de Lima still behind bars?

Fierce opponent of Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign should be freed immediately

| Philippines
Leila de Lima looks at a flower given by her supporter upon arrival at a local court in Quezon city, metro Manila, in March 2017: her fate demonstrates how vulnerable Philippine democratic institutions have become to coercive political influence.   © Reuters

Criselda Yabes is a journalist based in the Philippines. She is author of "The Battle of Marawi," her 10th book, which was published last year.

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