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    SolGen: “De Lima is Philippines’ Public Enemy No.1”

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016

    Solicitor General Jose Calida (L) and Sen. Leila de Lima (R).

    Solicitor General Jose Calida (L) and Sen. Leila de Lima (R).


    A top government lawyer said he can’t accept Senator Leila de Lima’s tirades against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

    Solicitor General Jose Calida called on the people to unite against Sen. De Lima whom he tagged as the country’s top enemy.

    “[Illegal] drugs is our enemy. And who is espousing the proliferation of drugs? wasn’t it former SOJ De Lima? And therefore she is Public Enemy No.1,” the solicitor general said.

    Calida said they will utilize the resources of his office against De Lima.

    The Office of the Solicitor General usually represents the government in litigation but this time, Calida said, they can help the complainants pursue the cases against De Lima since public welfare is already at stake.

    ‘As the people’s tribune, the OSG offers its legal services to the complainants who sued Sen. De Lima in the DOJ, Ombudsman and other venues for her criminal participation and complicity in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the national penitentiary,’ said Calida.

    He, however, clarified that they are not persecuting the senator but only upholding the rule of law.  This is the first time that the OSG will be directly involved in the prosecution a criminal case.

    “She’s a very powerful person. Our complainants are just private citizens. In order to strengthen their resolve, I will lend the prestige and gravitas of my office to defend them and help them in their cases against Sen. De Lima,” Calida added .

    Civil society groups led by Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) formed a coalition against illegal drugs to guard the cases against De Lima.

    “Some groups formed this coalition out of concern that we are diverting from the real issues of the country which is illegal drug trading,’ said VACC founding chair Dante Jimenez.

    In a statement, De Lima said she will not dignify yet another act of lunacy. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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