“ONLY a diversionary tactic,” Malacañang said as it brushed aside yesterday the petition Sen Leila de Lima filed against President Rodrigo Duterte with the Supreme Court.
The Palace also said that De Lima is apparently playing the gender card as a shield against the mounting evidence of her links to high profile drug lords and the proliferation of drug trade in the Bilibid.
“Senator De Lima’s filing of a petition before the Supreme Court is calculated to generate media noise to drown out the accusations against her,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement to Palace reporters yesterday.
Abella also said that De Lima is portraying herself as a victim to cover up her links to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons.
“Senator Leila de Lima is apparently playing the gender card as a shield against mounting evidence of her ties with high-profile drug lords and the proliferation of drug trade in the Bilibid,” Abella said.
“By [portraying] herself as a victim she seeks to distance herself from the intimate relationships which were also intertwined with drug trafficking while she was DoJ Secretary,” he added.
Duterte has immunity
Sorry Senator Leila de Lima but President Rodrigo Duterte has immunity from suit.
This was the reaction of administration allies on the case filed by the embattled senator against Duterte.
In a press briefing, Deputy Speakers Pia Cayetano and Gwen Garcia both said that it has been a long-standing policy that a sitting president cannot be sued or charged because the position is covered by immunity.
“It’s been a long-standing policy that the President is immune from suit… I’m not aware that there’s any reason to change that,” Cayetano said.