The senator is imposing that Duterte is just abusing his executive power.
In response to President Rodrigo Duterte's accusations against Sen. Leila de Lima, the latter said on Thursday that she would not fight the president as she is only a senator.
De Lima faced the media and said that the issues she's encountering have been making her sleep-deprived. She considered the President Duterte's allegations as offensive and claiming that his act "is no less than the abuse and misuse of the executive power."
In spite of that, she said she would not fight back but instead called to be granted due process.
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"How does one defend oneself, when the attacker is immune from suit and has all the backing of executive power to support him in his personal attack? This is no less than abuse and misuse of executive power. I don't think the Constitution has ever contemplated such abuse of power on such scale, as it assumes every president to conduct himself in a manner befitting the office he holds,” she said.
De Lima also revealed that in order to stop the personal attacks against her, she thought of halting the Senate's investigations about the extrajudicial killings and summary executions which are being heavily correlated to the president's war on drugs.
“Your Excellency, naisip ko na rin po na itigil na ang imbestigasyon sa mga summary executions kung iyon ang gusto ninyo para lamang matigil ang mga personal na atake sa akin… Pero kapag ginawa ko po ito ay parang tinalikuran ko na rin ang sarili kong pagkatao, at itinatwa ang sarili kong mga paninindigan at paniniwala,” De Lima said.
“Mas nanaisin ko na kayo at inyong gobyerno ang magbaon sa akin kaysa ako ang magbaon sa aking sarili,” she added.
Possible cases faced by De Lima
According to the senator, she has been receiving information and threats about altered evidence to come out to oppose her if she continues the fight against summary executions. De Lima said she is prepared to face these charges but asked Duterte to pardon her family, friends, and colleagues from his attacks.
“Tama na po ang pananakot at panghihiya. Bumalik na po tayo sa kaayusan na dulot ng pag-iiral ng batas at simpleng respeto sa kapwa tao."
“I have always been loyal to my oath as a public servant. I am not the enemy here. Stop portraying me as one,” she said.
Questions by the media were turned down by an emotional De Lima as she stated that she is hurting a lot. She thought of not seeing the media due to condemnations but realized she has to eventually face the issues thrown at her.