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De Lima on drug raps: I will fight as long as I can

In this Feb 9, 2017 photo, Sen. Leila de Lima answers questions of former deputy immigration commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles on how they kept as evidence that supposed P30-million grease money received from former police officer Wally Sombero, the alleged bagman for casino tycoon Jack Lam. PRIB/Joseph Vidal

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima vowed to keep resisting the Department of Justice's drug charges filed against her on Friday.

"Plain and simple political persecution. I will fight this out for as long as I can," De Lima said in a statement.

She added that the filing of cases against her is "travesty for truth and justice."

De Lima's reaction came a few hours after the DOJ filed three criminal cases against De Lima for her alleged involvement in the New Bilibid Prison drug trade.

The senator allegedly received money from cartel leaders inside the prison in exchange for protection during her term as Justice secretary.

READ: DOJ files 3 cases vs De Lima over Bilibid drug trade

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Sen. De Lima earlier said that she is prepared for the worst-case scenario in case the DOJ releases its resolution on drug trafficking charges against her.

"They will never break my spirit," De Lima said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had repeatedly accused De Lima of benefiting from the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison while serving the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

De Lima, Duterte's most vocal critic, has repeatedly denied the allegations.

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