Sen. Leila de Lima to ask Supreme Court to bar Duterte from threatening her
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
FILE PHOTOS: Sen. Leila De Lima and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima is planning to appeal to the Supreme Court, through a Writ of Amparo, to bar Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his camp from threatening her.
The Writ of Amparo, De Lima said, is an extraordinary remedy available for people under threat and who needs protection.
This came after the president’s pronouncements on Monday, disclaiming that he did not order the Philippine National Police to kill her.
“Why all of a sudden babanggitin ako kahit sinabi niya na ‘magtanong ka ng kahit isang pulis dito kung may sinabi ako na patayin mo iyang si De Lima, o patayin mo iyang si ano?’… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?”
(Why all of a sudden Duterte will mention me though he said “Ask any policeman here if I said kill De Lima or kill this person”… is that a subconscious slip, a sort of a Freudian slip?)
While Duterte did not directly threaten her, De Lima says she feels disturbed over the President’s statements and considers it as a veiled threat.
“I am making him responsible if something happens to me, he is the one responsible, directly or indirectly,” Sen. De Lima added.
The lady senator even showed to the media earlier how she is being harassed by unidentified people after her contact details were disclosed in one hearing in the House of Representatives.
“Alam mo, iyang mga number na iyan, mga trolls iyan… iyong mga haters, mga death threats, mga callers, it’s almost non-stop, maski sa gabi, may break lang 30 mins and then meron na naman unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.”
(You know, these contact numbers are trolls… these haters, death threats, callers, it’s almost non-stop even at night, there would be some 30-minute break and then there are again unidentified numbers. That’s how they are harassing me.)
De Lima is also urging the President from refraining from threating drug suspects, saying he should focus on evidence to prove their involvement in illegal drug operations in the country.
This after the President on Monday ordered the mayors in his narco-list to resign if they don’t want to be killed.
“I-lock ko. Kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga sa kanila… ganoon kakapal ipakita ko sa inyo… hanapin mo pangalan mo diyan mayor… ‘pag nandiyan ang pangalan, talagang may problema ka. Talagang papatayin kita,” he warned.
(On closed door I will talk to the suspected narco-politician and I will tell, “This is how thick the list of names involved in drugs, look for your name there, if your name is listed, you got a problem. I will really kill you.”)
Sen. Leila De Lima added, “But they have to prove it in the proper process, in the proper forum… file those cases against the mayors, give them opportunity to be heard, and then pass judgment on these mayors by the proper authorities, and I am referring to the courts of law, no need for verbal threats.”
According to the senator, she started to restrict her personal security and thinking about Sen. Koko Pimentel’s suggestion of adding more security personnel. — Joyce Balancio / UNTV News & Rescue
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