Senator Leila De Lima issued a letter explaining why she left the Senate plenary hall on Monday during Senator Alan Peter Cayetano’s privileged speech.
The lady senator said that she doesn’t need to hear the baseless accusations from Senator Cayetano, she said that her walk out is a form of protest against the devious plan to keep her silent and amid the investigation regarding the extrajudicial killings.
In an interview in 24 Oras, she claims that President Rodrigo Duterte is behind the recent attacks and moves against her, she also claims that her fellow senators that ousted her as chair of Senate Justice and Human Rights, talked about this in advance.
She also claims that the testimony of witness Edgar Matobato against the president, forced them to take drastic measures.
Her letter read as follows:
“I cannot stand it. I’m gonna deliver my own privilege speech tomorrow instead of confronting him now,” she told reporters..
“Tumayo po ako at umalis bilang protesta sa maiitim na planong patahimikin ako at ipagpatuloy ang paghahanap ng katotohanan sa likod ng mga nagaganap na patayan sa ngalan ng kampanya laban sa droga,” the senator said in a separate statement.
(I stood up and left as a protest to the evil plans to silence me from continuing to look for the truth amid drug-related killings.)
Asked for her comment on tarnishing the country’s image abroad because of the Senate probe into extrajudicial killings, De Lima said: “What’s destroying the reputation of the country are the killings not me,” said De Lima, chairperson of the Senate committee on justice and human rights which is leading a Senate inquiry on alleged extrajudicial killings under the government’s anti-drug campaign.
“Ang tunay na nakakasira ay ang patuloy na mga patayang nagaganap dito sa ating bayan. Lalo pa itong lumalala dahil sa mga kilos at salita ng matataas na pinuno na tila naghihikayat na isantabi ang karapatang pantao sa paglaban sa ilegal na droga,” De Lima said.
(What destroys the country’s image is the continuous killings. This worsens because of the acts and words of our high-level officials who seemingly encourage disregard for human rights in the fight against illegal drugs.)
Source Rappler, Trendtitan
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