A multi-sectoral organization on Monday claimed that former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is not qualified to become a senator because she is an advocate of the Aquino administration’s “straight path” (tuwid na daan) governance which it said was “twisted.”
Leody de Guzman, first nominee of Sanlakas in the party-list elections, said De Lima was one of the leading advocates of the straight path policy under which crimes were committed against the people. He cited the injustice done to victims of summary executions that included journalists, massive unemployment and underemployment, contractualization and corruption.
De Lima became the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ) when President Benigno Aquino assumed office in June 2010.
She relinquished her post only recently to pursue her ambition to become a senator under the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
De Guzman, who is also the chairman of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), said De Lima belongs to the “notorious yellow politics” being pursued by Aquino and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd.
De Guzman said Sanlakas is not lowering its guard on de Lima because she “does not deserve to become a senator since she intentionally bungled and weakened the pieces of evidence against Janet Lim Napoles, dismissed Masbate Governor RizalinaSeachon-Lanete, and former APEC Rep. Edgar Valdez.”
The two former lawmakers, who were charged for the alleged misuse of their Priority Development Allotment Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel, were recently allowed by the Sandiganbayan to post bail. The anti-graft court said the prosecution failed to present strong evidence against Valdez and Lanete, thus they were allowed to secure their temporary freedom.
De Guzman said de Lima is “not a true anti-corruption advocate and bearer of justice for all Filipinos.”