- Sen. Nancy Binay described Pres. Duterte’s personal attacks against Sen. De Lima as “below the belt”
- She said that she sympathized with De Lima because her own family was also persecuted when her father was accused of corruption
- Binay added that De Lima’s sufferings and persecution would pass away in time
Amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s constant attacks on Senator Leila de Lima’s personal life, the daughter of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Nancy Binay, has defended her fellow senator.
"Yung iba naman below the belt. Kung tutuusin ano naman ang pakialam natin sa love life nya (De Lima)?" Nancy Binay said.
(The other attacks are below the belt. If you think about it, what do we care about her love life?)
The senator was referring to the President’s comments and criticisms of De Lima’s alleged romantic ties with her former driver and their supposed secret sex videos together.
The President also claimed that the neophyte senator was romantically linked to an employee of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
According to Nancy Binay, she is defending De Lima from the personal attacks because her family experienced the same kind of persecution as a result of the allegations of corruption against her father.
The former vice president was accused of misusing the local government funds during his time as the Makati City Mayor.
"Syempre sympathetic and sana yung pinagdaanan namin hindi na pagdaanan ng ibang tao, including her," Binay told the media.
(Of course, I feel sympathetic towards her. Hopefully, the things we experienced would not be suffered by other people, including her.)
Despite her strong feelings of sympathy towards the former head of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Nancy Binay was among the 16 senators who voted for the ousting of Sen. De Lima as the head of the Senate justice and human rights committee.
The committee is currently making an inquiry into the alleged summary and extrajudicial killings in the country under the administration of Duterte.
De Lima was replaced by Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon for allegedly being biased against President Duterte during the Senate sessions.
Binay added that she told De Lima to stay strong because she believes that the hard times would pass away soon for the senator.
De Lima has been the subject of amusement and mockery on social media ever since the President spoke about the allegations regarding her sex life and her involvement with notorious drug lords.