De Lima fires back at detractors

Senator Leila De Lima is holding a press conference in the Senate.

She says, there is an ongoing activity at this time inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) wherein convicts are supposedly being asked who are willing to pin her down in the illegal drug trade.

She said, “the convicts have specific motivations” why they are testifying in the House inquiry.

She notes, some of the lawmakers that attended the hearing of the House Committee on Justice on Wednesday had noticed that the witnesses were “ganging up” on her.

“Yung witnesses, wala silang ibang wini-weave na istorya. Kung sino man ang speech director… even some congressmen yesterday had to point out, ‘this is supposed to be in aid of legislation," she recalls. 

But De Lima maintains, none of the witnesses was able to establish a direct link between her and the drug lords.

“Not even one of them (witnesses) was able to say na binibigay sa akin ang pera (referring to drug money).”

De Lima also read to Senate reporters the obscene messages she has been receiving.

She says, her cellular phone has been relentlessly receiving text messages from unknown messages that were harassing her.

She showed some of these messages to media men.

De Lima says, her enemies are forcing some personalities to come out and invent accusations against her.

She adds, she is ready to answer all accusations.

She is just waiting for all the witnesses to finish their testimonies before she fully address all their allegations.

The senator says, Former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Intelligence Officer Ferdinand Marcelino is among those who are being pressured to testify against her.

She also says, a person was brought to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces (ISAFP) and he was subjected to psychological torture so that he would link her to drug operations.

De Lima also discloses, she has temporarily left the home where she lives.

"I have to temporarily leave my home. I live in a subdivision. Affected ang security ng buong subdivision."

She says her phone number and address have been made public by those who are behind the attacks against her.

She declares, "I am not safe." 


Topics: Leila de Lima , Drugs , NBP , House of Representatives
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