SENATOR Leila de Lima is the latest subject of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ongoing shame campaign against government officials involved in illegal drugs, but unlike others whose names were just revealed to the public, the lady lawmaker’s private life was also exposed.
Duterte denounced de Lima for having an affair with her married driver, who, the President claimed, collected money from illegal drug traders.
“Here is an immoral woman flaunting … insofar as the wife of the driver is concerned, it’s adultery. Here is a woman who funded the house of her lover, and yet, we do not say any complaint about it,” the President said in a speech at the 115th anniversary of the police service in Camp Crame.
De Lima was at first not named, but later at the Manila airport, the President revealed that he was referring to the senator who has been critical of his anti-drug campaign.
Duterte, in a televised speech, accused de Lima of living a “sordid” personal and official life.
In reaction, de Lima on Wednesday cried foul and said Duterte was engaging in “character assassination.”
The name of the senator’s driver was first revealed in 2014 by whistleblower Sandra Cam, who tried to block de Lima’s appointment as Justice secretary under the previous Aquino administration.
De Lima, Cam claimed, had an intimate relationship with her driver, Ronnie Palisok Dayan.
Cam claimed Dayan was an employee of the Justice department who acted as “fixer” and influenced the promotion of prosecutors and other officials as well as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation.
Dayan, Cam said, is married to Norly Magallanes, who was given a house in Nanapla, Negros Occidental to keep quiet about the alleged affair.
Cam also showed reporters pictures of a farm in Barangay Galarin, Urbiztondo, which she claimed was given by de Lima to Dayan.
Cam also claimed de Lima had an affair with Cesar Mancao, who was under the witness protection program in connection with the 2001 murder of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito.