De Lima: Duterte wants to remove me from the Senate


The senator asserts President Duterte wants her out of the Senate.

The embattled Senator Leila De Lima claims that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to kick her out of the Senate, even stating the "entire machinery" of the executive department is being used to persecute her.

“Napaka-lopsided [ng laban]. Imagine, the entire machinery of the executive department tapos nalulungkot ako na mismo sa Kongreso, parang tumutulong sila sa panggigipit sa akin,” De Lima told the media on Friday.

She said Duterte's allies are not backing down from continuing their efforts to destroy her and remove her from the Senate.

De Lima is currently a subject of a Senate probe on her involvement in the illegal drug business inside Bilibid.

“Ito ay continuation ng mga efforts nila na tuluyan akong matapos; tuluyan na akong masira at ang ibig sabihin noon, mawala ako diyan sa eksena, mawala ako diyan sa pwesto ko,” she said.

“Baka iyan nga ang isa sa mga pinaka-agenda, isa sa mga pinaka-layunin ng Pangulo natin kasi ilang beses na natin siya napakinggan na talagang he will destroy me. Sa isang presscon, sinabi niya you’re finished,” she added.

De Lima is not only at risk for possible criminal charges over her alleged drug links but also at risk for expulsion from her post because of ethics complaints from the Senate.

The senator was ousted from being chairman of the Commission on Human Rights when she was investigating the alleged human rights violations of Duterte's war on drugs.

De Lima then blamed Duterte on pulling the strings behind her ouster as the senators who voted positively were believed to be allies of the presidents.

On Monday, Duterte countered the accusation thrown by De Lima, denying that he wasn't intervening with them and was minding his own business.

"I do not intervene, dwell into matters not within my [purview], not part of my territory. I don’t care how many hearings are there… Basta ako nakatutok ako sa aking trabaho,” Duterte told the interviewers by chance in Davao City.

Related: De Lima denies plans to impeach Duterte




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The senator asserts President Duterte wants her out of the Senate.
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