- Sen. Leila de Lima is accusing Pres. Rodrigo Duterte of using the “entire machinery of the executive” to oust her
- De Lima had earlier launched an investigation into alleged extrajudicial killings in the “war on drugs”
- Meanwhile, Duterte’s allies in Congress is accusing de Lima of being a drug coddler as DOJ Sec
Senator Leila de Lima called out President Rodrigo Duterte for using the “entire machinery of the executive department” in order to kick her out as a duly elected member of the Senate.
She also pointed out that the President’s allies in Congress are also doing the same to her.
“Napaka-lopsided [Very lopsided]. Imagine, the entire machinery of the executive department tapos nalulungkot ako na mismo sa Kongreso, parang tumutulong sila sa panggigipit sa akin [then I am saddened by the fact that in Congress, it seems they are helping in harassing me],” she told GMA News.
De Lima has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of the President, particularly in his “war on drugs” which the lady senator alleges has been tainted with extrajudicial killings.
Meanwhile, Duterte and his allies in Congress accuse the former Secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) of allowing the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison during her stint at the DOJ.
De Lima had earlier initiated a Senate investigations on the alleged extrajudicial killings, her handling of which, led to her ouster as the Chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
The House of Representatives on the other hand is currently investigating the drug operations at the national penitentiary, under the initiative of Duterte ally and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
During the House hearing, de Lima’s personal contact number and address were revealed, leading to the Senator receiving thousands of hate messages and forcing her to temporarily move out of her home.
“Ito ay continuation ng mga efforts nila na tuluyan akong matapos, tuluyan na akong masira at ang ibig sabihin noon, mawala ako diyan sa eksena, mawala ako diyan sa pwesto ko. Baka iyan nga ang isa sa mga pinaka-agenda, isa sa mga pinaka-layunin ng Pangulo natin kasi ilang beses na natin siya napakinggan na talagang he will destroy me. Sa isang presscon, sinabi niya, ‘you’re finished.’ [This is a continuation of their efforts for me to be finished, for me to be destroyed and that would mean, I will be out of the scene, I will be out of my position. Maybe that is one of their agenda, one of the main objectives of our President because in many instances, we heard him really that he will destroy me. In one press conference, he said ‘you’re finished’],” she added.
Duterte denies being behind the investigations launched against de Lima, saying he does not intervene with what happens in Congress.