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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.

Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima, who remains locked up in a special cell for high-ranking officials after nearly five years without trial, is the ultimate example of the consequences of opposing President Rodrigo Duterte's flagrant displays of power.

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