- Senator De Lima used her privilege speech on Tuesday to slam her detractors for allegedly making up evidence against her
- De Lima dismissed the witnesses from the Bilibid, saying that they were either blackmailed or they have an axe to grind against her
- The senator also criticized the President for the alleged extrajudicial killings and for supposedly destroying the image of the Philippines
During her privilege speech on Tuesday, Senator Leila de Lima slammed her detractors for allegedly fabricating evidence against her.
“Ang hindi ko mapapatawad ay ang mga nasa likod ng pag-iimbento ng ebidensya laban sa akin. May araw rin kayo,” De Lima said.
(The ones I cannot forgive are those who are behind the fabrication of evidence against me. Your day will come.)
The senator added that she will not back down despite the alleged harassment she receives from President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies.
“It would take more than a committee chairmanship, a House inquiry intended to pillory and crucify me, an ethics committee based on hearsay, a baseless election protest, everyday tirades from the secretary of justice and the solicitor general, and vicious and personal attacks from the President to take me down,” the senator said.
De Lima is currently facing accusations from Duterte and several inmates of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that she used to regularly receive money coming from the illegal drug trade of drug lords inside the prison during her time as the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary.
However, the senator dismissed the witnesses against her, describing them as convicts who either want to take revenge on her or were blackmailed by the Duterte administration in order not to face charges for their own crimes.
De Lima added that the Duterte administration is focusing on destroying her character because she is putting a spotlight on the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.
She also blamed the President for destroying the reputation of the country through his words, especially when he made international headlines for allegedly cursing U.S. President Barack Obama.