Sen. Leila de Lima will not file charges against those who peddled a spliced video of her singing during her birthday party that showed her celebrating with inmate Herbert Colangco.
De Lima said it was not Colangco but her fellow Liberal Party member and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas.
The Quezon City lawmaker earlier confirmed the senator’s statement.
De Lima’s song number happened during her birthday celebration at the Department of Justice quadrangle when she was still Justice secretary.
“I know that I’m now a subject of incessant vicious attacks in the social media. But I don’t intend to dignify them by probing into who’s behind them and why. It will just be a waste of time,” the senator, a lawyer, said.
“That’s the dark side of social media. And I’m practically defenseless against these rabid attacks. My only defense is a clear conscience and my fidelity to the Constitution and the law. Pinapasa- Diyos ko na lang mga ganyan [I just leave those things to God],” de Lima added.
Colangco, a detainee in the New Bilibid Prisons–the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila)–has been named by President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the country’s top drug traffickers who continues to peddle drugs even while in prison.
The Duterte administration, especially Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, has blamed de Lima for the rampant illegal drug operations in the country when de Lima was Justice chief.
At least 192 suspected drug traffickers have been gunned down by the police since Rodrigo Duterte emerged as the overwhelming winner in the 2016 presidential race with16 million votes.