Senator Leila de Lima was allegedly spotted at US Embassy, located along Roxas Boulevard in Ermita, Manila. This is according to veteran actress Vivian Velez, who posted the information on her official Facebook page this Friday, December 9, citing a source. She also asked if the Liberal Party (LP) senator is trying to escape from President Duterte.
“Tatakas na ba? (Will she escape?) From a reliable source: Just sharing… I was inside the US embassy for my visa renewal interview this morning. We saw De Lima with one of her staff at the non immigrant visa interview section.” Vivian Velez wrote on Facebook, without mentioning as when and what time was Sen. Leila de Lima allegedly seen at US Embassy.
De Lima, who is a staunch critic of President Duterte, is now facing various charges over her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). The troubled senator has snubbed the show-cause order issued against her by the House committee on justice last November 29, and was given 72 hours for her to respond.
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The said show-cause order was due to her instruction to Ronnie Dayan, her former driver-bodyguard and lover not to attend the House inquiry. It was proven by the exchange of text messages between her and Hanna Mae Dayan, Ronnie Dayan’s daughter. Instead of responding, Sen. De Lima said she will not honor it, and will leave the matter to the Senate.
Last Monday, Ronnie Dayan and alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa faced the Senate hearing at the same time. And although they had some discrepancies in their separate testimonies, both of them pointed Sen. De Lima as receiving drug money. She has been consistent in denying the allegations, but admitted she had an extramarital affair with Dayan.
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As of posting, Sen. De Lima has not yet confirmed nor denied if she has been to the US Embassy lately. In early October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) on her and five others. This means that they can still leave the country, provided that they will first ask approval from the Justice department.