The De Lima-Duterte feud started way back before the campaign. But things quickly intensified when Duterte got elected as the President of the Philippines. Many public exchanges and heated arguments from both parties in the past months but this fight is far from over. Senator Leila de Lima just filed a test case against President Rodrigo Duterte at the Supreme Court. The said case would test the presidential immunity from suits.
Among the cases she is set to file are the writ of Amparo and petition of habeas data.
“Si Pangulong Duterte po kakasuhan ko din po (I will also file a case against President Duterte),” she said in an interview last Tuesday.
“I’m going to file a test case na may mga pagkakataon po na hindi pwedeng i-invoke ang (where there would be no opportunity to invoke the) presidential immunity from suit,”
She also noted that this is the first time that anyone would dare to test the doctrine of presidential immunity which she believes to be blatantly abusing his power.
“I don’t think na yung nakaisip ng doktrina na yan (whoever thought of that doctrine) could have ever comprehended a situation like this where there is blatant abuse of power,” she said.
"Baka paghandaan po ako ng mga iyan lalo na’t napaka-lopsided po ng laban. Ako lang po ang nandito and then sila yung mga kalaban so meron kaming mga iniisip and in those cases na i-implead ko mismo ang Pangulo, we will be testing the doctrine of presidential immunity from suit,”she said noting that she is preparing for other charges such as violation of anti-graft, violation of conduct of public officials, disbarment, civil actions for damages in the Office of the Ombudsman.
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