President links de Lima to drugs

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DUTERTE BLASTS DE LIMA President Rodrigo Duterte (left) delivers a speech at the 115th anniversary of the police service at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday, accusing Sen. Leila de Lima (right) of keeping her driver as a lover. De Lima cried foul and branded Duterte’s tirades as “character assasination.” PHOTOS RUY MARTINEZ AND MIKE DE JUAN

DUTERTE BLASTS DE LIMA President Rodrigo Duterte (left) delivers a speech at the 115th anniversary of the police service at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Wednesday, accusing Sen. Leila de Lima (right) of keeping her driver as a lover. De Lima cried foul and branded Duterte’s tirades as “character assasination.” PHOTOS RUY MARTINEZ AND MIKE DE JUAN

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday exposed the supposed links of his arch-nemesis, Sen. Leila de Lima, to drug syndicates, claiming the former Justice secretary’s senatorial campaign was tainted by money from the illegal drug trade.

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Duterte at first withheld the lawmaker’s name, when he claimed in a speech during the 115th police service anniversary at Camp Crame that a lady senator is an “immoral woman” who has an affair with her driver, who was at the same time her bagman. The President later told reporters at the Manila airport he was referring to de Lima.

“You libeled me, you slandered me. I kept quiet because you are a lady. Sumobra ka na [But you went too far],” Duterte said in a news conference at the airport in Pasay City where he received the remains of a navy officer killed during an anti-drug operation in Cotabato.

At Camp Crame in Quezon City, Duterte took issue with the senator’s forthcoming Senate investigation on the government’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs.

“Here is a senator complaining. One day, I will tell you that her driver, who was her lover, was the one who [was]also collecting money for her during the campaign,” Duterte said.

“[The] money readily came from drugs. But in fairness, I would never say [clearly]that the driver gave [the money]to her. But by the looks of it, she has it,” he claimed.

Duterte, who has been carrying out a shame campaign against government officials and uniformed personnel involved in illegal drugs, is expected to name more names soon.

Attacks ‘foul’
At the Senate, de Lima pleaded for respect and said the President’s attacks were “foul.”

“I don’t want to dignify that. First I’m so surprised why the president has to resort to that. It’s plain and simple character assassination. It’s so foul. I cannot dignify that,” she told reporters.

De Lima, who was Justice secretary in the previous Aquino administration and head of the Commission on Human Rights during the Arroyo administration, vowed to push through with next week’s probe into hundreds of drug-related killings by police and vigilantes in recent weeks.

She admitted it would be hard to go after the President. “He’s a professional, a lawyer, and a public servant like me. Respeto naman po [There has to be respect],” de Lima said.

De Lima on CD
Duterte dismissed de Lima’s criticism of the anti-drug campaign and mocked her for thinking “she’s the conscience of the country.”

The senator, he said, had no right to complain about the recent killings of drug suspects when she herself has “a very sordid personal and official life.”

Duterte also blasted de Lima for linking him to the so-called Davao Death Squad, which was allegedly behind vigilante killings of petty criminals in Davao City where the President served as mayor for two decades.

“I will show to you, I have the CD when she first investigated me in Davao for human rights violations,” Duterte said.

“Until now, she keeps on yakking and she has forgotten that tape which I had recorded. I would like her to eat it in my presence. But I cannot do it because it is not an accepted, edible food for human beings,” he added.

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  1. Keep it up Pres. Duterte. Now De Lima is in a delima. If these allegations are true then you have to resign. If not then fight. I don’t think you have the guts to fight. Buti yan sa Iyo. Puro ka Lang daldal yun pala maraming Kang dark side.

  2. President DU30 is a lawyer and was prosecutor at that. He knows the law and he knows how to apply them. Let’s wait and see as the drama progress. ??

  3. Never back down Mr. President on your fight against criminality and the people orchestrating behind illegal drugs. The people has already decided during election last May 9, 2016. Tunay na pagbabago ang sigaw ng bayan.

  4. A person’s reputation can be ruined by even one affair. Even it if happens only once, people have long memories and tend to not forget. You lose the trust of those around you. You lose their respect which affects all of the other relationships you have and those who know you will never see you as quite the same person again. They may forever be suspicious of you and your motives will always be in question. There is nothing that can restore a good name because “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (Prov 22:1).

  5. Sa panahon ni Duterte piña payagan na ILABAS na ang mga bagay ukol sa ibat ibang presidente…masama man o mabuti, only in President D30. Mismo siya kasama sa pinagpipiyestahan ng media. He is tough and wol do what he is set to do by GOD. Just read and hear more

  6. You libeled me, you slandered me. I kept quiet because you are a lady. Sumobra ka na [But you went too far],” Duterte said in a news conference at the airport in Pasay City

  7. Weather weather lang ‘yan Madame D5. Right now, you are at the shorter end of the power meter. Some people who were in your and your master’s crosshairs really suffered when you had too much power in your hands. GMA remember? She is probably chuckling with delight at what is happening now.

  8. Para sa iyo DeCinco, how can you gain respect ay ikaw rin ang protector ng Drug Lords, tainted by money from the Drug Lords ginamit mo sa Senatorial campaign. Tsk tsk, buking ka na DeCinco. Konting panahon na lang. Nag Cleaning of the House, kung may natitirang dumi dapat matinding cleanser ang gamitin dyan. Proud of DU30, go lang po kami po ay patuloy na sumusuporta sa inyo mahal naming Presidente.

  9. She deserves what she has been asking for. Grandstanding and posturing to cover up her negligence of duty in the last six years as a public servant. Litson De Lima is a disgrace to her position in the government.

  10. So far I am impressed about President Duterte . He is doing a good job for the country . Keep it up , President Duterte I salute and admire you . MABUHAY PO KAYO PRESIDENT DUTERTE …