Senator-elect and former justice secretary Leila de Lima reveals that it was incumbent President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino who asked her to help out vice presidential candidate and administration bet Leni Robredo by becoming a part of the latter’s legal team, as the latter is in a neck-and-neck battle against rival Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
De Lima said that the President let her know that he desires De Lima to be a part of of the legal team of Robredo.
“Pinarating niya sa akin (he let me know) that he would want me to be a part of the legal team to help out Congresswoman Leni. Then it was Cong. Leni herself who made a personal request to me so I readily accepted it,” she said in an ambush interview.
De Lima, who is also an election lawyer, is now working as an overall consultant of Robredo. Together with her are Marlon Manuel, Maria Bernadette Sardillo, Egardo Carlo Vistan II, and Romulo Macalintal.
Romulo Macalintal, head lead counsel of Robredo’s legal team, confirmed the inclusion of De Lima in Robredo’s legal team before she formally assume office as senator.
Macalintal made it clear that De Lima is yet to abide the Senate rules because she has not officially assumed office though the new senators were proclaimed last Friday by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
On the contrary, Macalintal said that it was De Lima who volunteered for the job. She called him up and requested if she can be a part of the legal team of Leni Robredo.
"I was very glad when she called me up," Macalintal said.
As of the moment, Robredo leads by more than 200,000 votes.
De Lima had previously dealt with cases of other government officials like former senator Manny Villar, Senator Koko Pimentel, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, former Pampanga governor Ed Panlilio, and former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca.