VACC blasts de Lima for sowing ‘intrigue’

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THE head of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Friday blasted detained Senator Leila de Lima for her supposed attempt to sow intrigue among members of the organization.

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Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the VACC, was responding to the statement earlier released by de Lima to the media, asking him not to allow the organization to be used as a mercenary group and its members to become “willing agents” of vengeance and demolition.

“Mr. Jimenez, I implore you not to bastardize the cause you are fighting for, or to shame the memory of the victims you are representing, by yourself resorting to ‘less legitimate options’ that work injustice towards other people,” de Lima said.

De Lima, who is detained in Camp Crame because of drug-related cases that she claims were trumped up to silence her criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte, issued the statement following the VACC’s pronouncement that it would file an impeachment case against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

The VACC has criticized Morales for supposedly shielding former president Benigno Aquino 3rd and other officials of the previous administration from graft cases.

The detained senator advised Jimenez to follow the example of VACC member Arsenio Evangelista, who called for a stop to the “war on drugs” and the cleansing of the Philippine National Police.

“Mr. Jimenez, Mr. Evangelista is right. We need peace of mind. And we cannot have peace when there is abuse and injustice,” de Lima said.

Jimenez said it was difficult to accept or listen to the advice of a “disgraced human rights advocate and a former secretary of Justice who took advantage of her position.”

He said the VACC would not allow de Lima to use divide-and-conquer tactics.

“We will not allow ourselves to be cowed and be intrigued with her comparison between me and Mr. Boy Evangelista, our spokesman,” he added.

“She (de Lima) should focus on her case, her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade,” he added.

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