• De Lima: drug Matrix ‘fit for garbage can’

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    SENATOR Leila de Lima on Thursday branded as “garbage” the “matrix” released by President Rodrigo Duterte showing her alleged links to illegal drug operations, appealing to the Chief Executive to stop his attacks.

    “As I have often said, I will not dignify further this so-called drug matrix which, as any ordinary lawyer knows too well, properly belongs to the garbage can,” said de Lima in news conference.

    NEW BEAU? Photo shows Sen. Leila de Lima (left) with Warren Cristobal (right), who, the President claimed, is her new boyfriend.

    NEW BEAU? Photo shows Sen. Leila de Lima (left) with Warren Cristobal (right), who, the President claimed, is her new boyfriend.

    The senator said she found it “almost laughable” and amusing how the President’s men tried to pin her down through the “Muntinlupa connection” matrix, and couldn’t do it properly.

    De Lima noted that Duterte’s matrix looked rushed and had grammatical errors, and didn’t even contain the names of drug lords and drug convicts at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa who supposedly gave her money.

    The senator said three names included in the so-called matrix were former colleagues, while the rest were not close to her.

    “Even the arrows all point to Governor Espino. Are they indicating that I’m reporting to the governor indirectly?” de Lima said.

    The senator explained that as Justice secretary of the previous Aquino administration, she ordered Espino investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection with a murder complaint based on the testimony of a minor. The case did not prosper because of inconsistencies in the statement of the witness.

    “It does not surprise me anymore to hear it from someone who had long professed to destroy me at all costs.

    Like the many tirades thrown at me, these are bound to fail again with all of these trumped-up accusations and the worst matrix of all time,” de Lima said.

    “Even a 12-year-old can draw such thing,” added the senator.

    Wish: Love life
    De Lima will be turning 57 on Saturday (August 27), and her birthday wish is for the President to stop his “madness.”

    LET ME BE Sen. Leila de Lima vents her grievances during a news conference Thursday to answer the President’s allegations that she tops the drug matrix with her ‘Bilibid’ connection. The senator, who is turning 57 this week, asked President Rodrigo Duterte to stop his attacks against her. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

    LET ME BE Sen. Leila de Lima vents her grievances during a news conference Thursday to answer the President’s allegations that she tops the drug matrix with her ‘Bilibid’ connection. The senator, who is turning 57 this week, asked President Rodrigo Duterte to stop his attacks against her. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

    “This is my number one birthday wish. I seriously hope that the President would leave me alone, that he puts an end very soon to this madness,” de Lima said.

    The former Justice secretary also said she wants to have a love life.

    “I’m sad because it seems the President is bent on finding rumors about me. I really don’t want to have a love life anymore. I don’t want to remarry after the annulment of my marriage, that is my commitment to myself and to my children, that I won’t be remarried,” she said.

    But given the situation, de Lima said she might need a partner who could somehow help her.

    She clarified that “Warren,” who the President claimed was her new boyfriend, worked for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and is now part of the security staff assigned to her.

    The neophyte senator, however, described the President’s latest revelation as “plain and simple chismis (gossip).”

    “Maybe it’s part of their strategy…trying to diminish my credibility and trying to break my spirit. They’re dead wrong if they can think they can break my spirit,” de Lima said.

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    1. I heard delima say that she prefers the public shoud judge her. It was amusing to hear that especially coming from a former Secretary of Justice adept and familiar with our constitution. She should submit herself to the very laws she proclaim to uphold.

    2. Country first on

      Duterte is voted precisely with anti drug battle cry as the forefront of his crusade. and mind you more than 90% Filipino approved what he is doing. De Lima on the other side won on the pretense that she was a fighter for human right. But today President Duterte has keep his promised , but De Lima only support the human rights of the drug lord and drug pusher alike and not the Human rights of many Filipino who have been victimize by the drug menace. Those who harm our society and destroy the values of the youth has no place in our government. De Lima , this I can say now that your true color has been exposed. this will be your last government position.

    3. Which one is more believable the words coming out of an unclean, fornicating government official; or the one who appears to work hard trying to clean up the country, who carries himself out as an open book, real and forthright, doesn’t try to be pompous at the expense of the people and government coffers, whose sometimes un-politically correct pronouncements (hindi nambobola) makes him more endearing to the ordinary people?

      • Even if i die now, mistaken as a drug pusher,shot and killed, no regress on my side and will still shouting with my last breath ” continue the good work, Mr President,the right road to happiness is full of hindrances “