Philippine court acquits former justice minister of drug charges after key witnesses said they lied

Supporters of detained former opposition Senator Leila de Lima shout slogans outside the Muntinlupa trial court on Friday, May 12, 2023 in Muntinlupa, Philippines. De Lima was acquitted by the Muntinlupa court in one of her drug related charges she says were fabricated by former President Rodrigo Duterte and his officials in an attempt to muzzle her criticism of his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A former Philippine opposition senator and justice minister was acquitted of drug charges Friday after key witnesses recanted and said they had lied about her involvement in narcotics trafficking.