President Duterte linked Sen. De Lima to the illegal drugs trade and called her an immoral woman

Sen. Leila De Lima vs. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte Photo ©
Sen. Leila De Lima vs. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte Photo ©

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday linked Senator Leila De Lima to the illegal drugs trade accusing her of being an immoral woman whose driver is also her alleged lover and go-between to the drug lords at the New Bilibid Prisons.

Pres. Duterte initially did not name De Lima when he first brought up the matter while speaking before the members of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame during their 115th Police Service Anniversary. But due to the unrelenting queries of journalists at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport sometime later, Pres. Duterte identified De Lima as the senator he was alluding to in his Camp Crame speech.

“Here is a senator complaining. One day I will tell you that her driver himself, who was her lover, was the one collecting money for her during the campaign…Here is an immoral woman, flaunting, well of course insofar as wife of the driver was concerned, (her) adultery…Here is a woman who funded the house of her lover and yet we do not see any complaint about it. Those money came readily from drugs,” the President said in his nationally televised speech at Camp Crame.

While Mr. Duterte said he would not accuse De Lima of receiving the drug money from her driver, he said that “by the looks of it, she has it.” He explained that the senator’s driver was accepting money from somebody in “Muntinlupa” (the NBP).

Upon learning of Pres. Duterte’s claim, Sen. De Lima told reporters covering the Senate that she will not be cowed. She will continue her investigation on the rising numbers of extra judicial killings in the country which are the result of the president’s violent anti-drug war.

“It’s so foul,” a teary eyed De Lima told reporters. “It’s character assassination.”

De Lima, who chairs the Senate committee on justice and human rights, is scheduled on Monday to start an inquiry into Pres. Duterte’s war on illegal drugs. She said she would present witnesses to show that police “scalawags” were behind the summary execution of some suspected drug dealers.

Nearly 600 suspected drug peddlers and users have been killed in police operations since Mr. Duterte took office six weeks ago, police say, but human rights groups put the number at more than 1,000.

Pres. Duterte won the presidency on a promise to end the drug menace within six months after taking office. To date, he identified 160 officials, police and judges in a name-and-shame campaign to stop the drug trade.

“I myself, who ordered the campaign against drugs, take full and sole responsibility for it,” he said, cautioning police against using excessive force in making arrests. “Do not kill if you’re not in danger of losing your life.”

De Lima, justice secretary of former President Benigno Aquino III, has been at loggerheads with Mr. Duterte for a long time.As chair of the Commission on Human Rights during the Arroyo administration, she had placed him under investigation for his supposed involvement with the Davao Death Squad (DDS) when he was mayor of Davao City.

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With reports from Benjie Vergara

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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