“TRUTH is on my side. I am innocent.”
This was Sen. Leila de Lima’s response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s contemporary assault in opposition to her throughout his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24.
“I don’t care if Duterte, in his twisted and greatly prejudiced mind, thinks I have no credibility,” the senator mentioned.
In his SONA, Duterted advised human rights teams: “You all know, you were all here. You conducted the investigation. You heard the witnesses. You saw the videos. Is she a credible woman? Can she be a moral person? Puro kayo drama diyan.” .
De Lima is a critic of the President’s battle on medication amid the unabated extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of suspected drug personalities.
She took Duterte’s continued assaults in opposition to her in detention as signal that he was pissed off why she remained credible within the eyes of native and international human rights advocates.
“Duterte must be so pissed off that, despite their gargantuan efforts aimed at discrediting or demolishing my character and dignity, through slut shaming and fabricated charges, various international entities, reputable ones, continue to support my causes, even meriting successive visits to my detention quarters from some of them.”
“What matters are the sentiments and opinions of decent and enlightened men and women,” mentioned De Lima who was detained on the Phil. National Police Custodial Center on drug charges. She mentioned,