Netizens celebrate, condemn De Lima’s arrest

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Netizens celebrate, condemn De Lima’s arrest
From ecstatic to enraged, social media has a lot to say about Senator Leila de Lima's arrest

MANILA, Philippines – Overnight, the Philippines’ top Twitter trends included 3 about Senator Leila de Lima: “Muntinlupa RTC,” referring to the court branch handling the drug charges against her; #LeilaWatch, and #DeLimaArrest.

Netizens used these hashtags as they watched De Lima’s arrest unfold online and on TV, from the issuance of the warrant on Thursday night, February 24, to her arrival at Camp Crame for booking procedures and her eventual detention starting Friday morning, February 25. 


De Lima’s arrest is the culmination of a 5-month high-profile investigation of her alleged links to drug lords detained in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, charges that she said were concocted by the administration to silence its fiercest critic.

The event generated a lot of reactions on social media, both negative and positive. Below is a sampling of what netizens have been posting:



Some were thrilled by news of the Senator’s arrest, and took to poking fun at her. The overall sentiment among De Lima’s critics appeared to be celebratory, and many delighted in chastising her. 

There were also netizens who were indignant about the arrest. These included those who claimed not to be fans of De Lima herself, but were suspicious of the speed of the arrest and its implications. Others still were convinced of her innocence, and saw her arrest as unsubstantiated or a case of political persecution.

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