SENATOR Leila de Lima yesterday complained that she has become “Exhibit A” of the Duterte administration’s campaign against anyone who will oppose its all-out war on illegal drugs.
De Lima answered all the allegations hurled against her in a forum at Miriam University where she was guest speaker. “I am not the bad and evil woman, or slut that they are trying to portray in the past few weeks,” she said.
Some resource persons, including inmates at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), invited by the House of Representatives to shed light on the alleged drug trade at the national penitentiary alleged that De Lima had received “drug money” to fund her senatorial bid in the last national elections.
“I’m Exhibit A simply because I’m a vocal critic of the anti-human rights policies of this presidency, of this administration, particularly extrajudicial killings. I’m being subjected to these unprecedented attacks on my person, on my character, and on my credibility. Their whole agenda is to crush and break my spirit so that no one would listen to me anymore. Our democracy is in peril,” she said.
“And that’s why I’m doing this. Halos walang nakikinig sa akin sa Senado so I might as well get out of the Senate halls and reach out to you, in the hope that you would listen and open your minds,” said De Lima.
She denied the insinuation that she had “partied or slept with any drug convict” amid the testimony of one NBP inmate, Rodolfo Magleo, that she stayed 2 to 3 hours at the “kubol” of convicted kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian.