De Lima: 2018 will be happy if Duterte resigns

Image by Leila de Lima's Facebook post
  • Senator Leila de Lima’s wish for a happy 2018 is for Duterte to resign
  • Malacañang responds that De Lima would be “very sad” if that’s her wish

“I don’t know what would be happy this year; maybe kung mag-resign na siya magiging happy ako,” detained Senator Leila de Lima said on Friday. [Maybe if he (Duterte) would resign I would be happy].

De Lima said at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court that the new year would be merrier if President Rodrigo Duterte would step down from his post.

“Gusto ko sanang batiin ng ‘Happy New Year!’ kaya lang gaya ng sabi ko sa latest dispatch ko noong jsang araw, hindi happy ang 2018 dahil sa mga balak nila na baguhin ang saligang batas,” de Lima also said. [I want to greet a happy new year but as I said earlier during my latest dispatch, 2018 will not be happy because of their plans to amend the constitution].

De Lima appeared at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 hearing by Judge Ma. Ludmila de Pio Lim for a case of violation of Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code, which prohibits disobedience to summons issued by the national assembly, its committees or subcommittees.

Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali took the witness stand as De Lima’s counsel cross-examined him. Umali, Pantaleon Alvarez, and Rodolfo Fariñas were the complainants in the disobedience case.

The complainants alleged that De Lima have advised and induced her former aide, Ronnie Dayan, from appearing in the House hearings.

Later, Dayan showed up in the congressional inquiry and testified on the drug-related accusations against the detained Senator.

Meanwhile, in response to de Lima’s wish, “She will be very sad then,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, according to Philstar.