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Unfazed by De Lima suit

  • Written by EMontano
  • Published in Nation
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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is unfazed by the “test case” filed against him by Sen. Leila De Lima.

“If there’s a case filed already, [e] di hayaan natin,” the President said.

He added let the court decide on De Lima’s petition.

Earlier, the Supreme Court asked both De Lima and the office of the Solicitor General to submit within 10 days their respective memorandum on the issue of whether President Duterte is immune from suit.

De Lima filed a petition for habeas data, a legal remedy to secure information related to a person whose life or liberty is at risk, as she sought to defend herself from the accusations and tirades of Duterte.
   
“Mine was just to make public what was or is the corruption of the day and how drugs flourished inside our penal institutions and to this day they are still making money from the inside,” Duterte reasoned out.
   
Duterte said that it’s not enough that drug lords are arrested and jailed as they still are able to operate while inside prison.
   
“They have to be immobilized,” he said.
   
Duterte has alleged that De Lima’s former driver and alleged lover collected money from drug lords detained at the New Bilibid Prisons.
   
The President accused De Lima of using drug money to fund her 2016 senatorial bid.