- Senator Leila de Lima was named on Wednesday by President Duterte as a human rights crusader who slandered him for his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings
- De Lima has vowed earlier to prove her claims about the former Davao mayor's connection to extrajudicial killings and vigilante group in the city
- The senator said the president's statement pertaining to her was "character assassination" and was "foul"
On Wednesday, August 17, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that Senator Leila de Lima has “slandered” him multiple times in relation to extrajudicial killings.
It can be recalled that De Lima has guaranteed earlier to attest the involvement in vigilantism and extra-judicial killings of the former Davao City mayor.
During a press conference on Wednesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, Duterte identified the former Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary.
"You want to know the name? De Lima," Duterte said, adding that he was waiting for the senator’s evidence to her claim.
"Akala niya siya ang conscience of the country... P----- i-- mo, hanggang ngayon naghihintay ako niyan... I kept quiet because you are a lady," the iron-fisted president remarked.
(She thought she was the conscience of the country… *Expletive* I was waiting for that until now.)
On the same day, Duterte has earlier linked a female senator to illegal drug activities, noting that she even funded her driver’s house with the money from drug trade.
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"Here is a woman who funded the house of her lover and yet we do not say any complaint about it. Those money came readily from drugs. The intercept between Muntinlupa and the driver were far beyond, making sure that somebody was involved," the president confided during his talk at the anniversary of Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame.
Her driver allegedly happened to be her lover as well, according to Duterte.
"And here is a senator complaining. When one day I will tell you that her driver... who was also her lover, was the one also collecting money for her during the campaign," the president furthered.
De Lima, on the other hand, broke her silence on Wednesday.
"Ang first reaction ko lang, ayaw ko nang patulan yan. (My first reaction was, not to mind that) I don't want to dignify that. It's so foul. It's character assassination," the senator said.
Duterte’s statement, as per De lima, was foul.
"Pareho po naman kaming propesyonal ng pangulo. Pareho kaming public servants so sana hindi na ho siya nagre-resort sa ganyan na foul means. (The president and I are both professional. We are both public servants so it would have been better if he did not resort to that means.) To me that's very foul," she explained. - Kami Media