De Lima seeks SC help to stop 'illegal' arrest

Guerrero, on Friday, defended the issuance of the arrest order, saying she had to acquire jurisdiction over De Lima first before she could resolve the senator's motion.

"It is basic that the court must first resolve the issue of lack of jurisdiction before issuing a warrant of arrest, because such act is itself an exercise of jurisdiction," said Padilla.

"The issuance of a warrant of arrest, by a court that has no jurisdiction over the case makes such warrant obviously and patently without basis, thus making [the senator's] detention on the basis thereof illegal," he added.

De Lima is now detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

In January 2017, she also asked the Court of Appeals to stop the DOJ's investigation into the the drug charges against her but to no avail. (READ: De Lima fails to get TRO on drug probe)

This is De Lima's 2nd time to seek the help of the High Court, which she previously disobeyed in 2011, in her battle against her main accuser President Rodrigo Duterte. (READ: De Lima's fate: Karma or political persecution?)

In November 2016, she filed a "test case" against the President, who enjoys immunity from suit, before the SC. –

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email