A CLEAR case of character assassination.
That was how Senator Leila de Lima described the “revelation” of President Rodrigo Duterte concerning a lady senator who has a driver-lover who allegedly collected money for her during the last campaign season.
There are six lady senators, namely, Nancy Binay, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and De Lima.
The President said that he has in his possession a “CD when she first investigated me in Davao for human rights violation.” He earlier vowed to “destroy” a lady official in public.
Sought for reaction on the President’s “blind item,” De Lima said: ”Ayaw ko nang patulan ‘yan. I don’t want to dignify that, it’s so foul. It’s character assassination.”
“That is a very clear case of character assassination and I did not expect the President to do that, sa totoo lang,” she said in a chance interview.
“Pareho naman kaming professional ng Pangulo, pareho rin po kaming public servants. So, sana hindi s’ya nag-re resort sa ganyan na mga foul means. To me that’s s very foul,” she said.
De Lima added:”Saan man nanggaling ‘yung information na ‘yan, sana dino-double check. Sana inaalam ang source kanino man nanggaling ‘yan. That’s really foul. Ayaw ko talaga i-dignify ‘yun.”
Asked whether the President’s statement will affect the scheduled Senate investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killing of suspected druglords and drug pushers on August 22, De Lima said:”Hindi po. Hindi po ako matitinag.”
Pressed about the timing of the President’s revelation, she said:”Very bad timing. I don’t know kung ano po agenda nila na they’re resorting to character assassination.”
De Lima, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Justice, will lead the probe into the alleged questionable death of suspected drug traffickers and drug couriers during buy bust operations.