Despite the allegations on her involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison, Senator Leila de Lima challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest her immediately.

De Lima to Duterte: I will wait for you
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“Tama na. Hulihin ninyo na ako ngayon. ‘Yun naman talaga gusto niyo. Ikulong ninyo na ako ngayon. I’m here. Do what you want to me, Mr. President. I will wait for you,” the senator said.

De Lima also said that she will not run away from the accusations thrown at her. “What am I supposed to do now? Tell me now. I’m not going to leave this country and escape anything because there is nothing to escape from,” she added.

She insisted that she wants to “fight here in the country.” Hindi po ako duwag dahil wala akong kasalanan. ‘Yung mga nagtatago lamang, at tsaka ‘yung mga duwag ang umaatras. Hindi si Leila de Lima. Hindi ako pinalaki ng tatay ko para maging duwag.”

Meanwhile, Duterte said that De Lima is “breaking down.” 

“I suggest she takes days off. If she keeps on yakking, she will have a nervous breakdown,” the president said. Earlier, he also said that De Lima will certainly be jailed.

On the other hand, De Lima said she feels helpless. “I cannot even help them with lawyers,” she said.

“This is the worst challenge in its sobrang sheer brazenness. It’s almost surreal, unimaginable, unprecedented na ginagawa ng sitting Pangulo ang ginagawa niya ngayon against a sitting senator because of personal vendetta and whatever motives he has,” De Lima added.

The accusations against her are also affecting her family and are distracting her from her senatorial work. “I have no option. I’m just here. I’m just trying to do my job even if I’m so distracted.”

The senator also disclosed that she wished she lost the elections. “Napaginitan ulit ako when I initiated the probe into extrajudicial killings. On the other hand, trabaho ito, mandato ng bayan, may gagawin akong trabaho so ang attitude ko palagi, kung ano 'yung tama, ginagawa ko,” she said.

De Lima is a staunch critic of Duterte’s war on drugs to the extent that she started a probe on the alleged drug-related extrajudicial killings and summary executions. ASCS

Source: GMA News

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