President Rodrigo Duterte said that Senator Leila De Lima should resign from her post, and even hang herself. This is the latest statement from the president, who has been accusing the neophyte senator of being involved in illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Watch the video below, and read Sen. de Lima’s response as well.
‘If I were (Sen.) de Lima, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll hang myself. The innermost of your core as a female is being serialized everyday,” President Duterte told reporters in Tacloban City, this Monday, August 29, when he visited a police officer who got injured during an anti-illegal drug operation. The crowd then cheered, and some even clapped their hands.
“Dapat mag-resign ka. You resign. Paano mo…wala ka na mukhang maipakita, anong mukha maipakita mo sa mga babae. ‘Follow me’, sabihin mo? This is how to be a woman in the world.” The disappointed president added, reminding everyone that de Lima once accused him of killing people via DDS when he was still the mayor of Davao City.
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President Duterte was then referring to his earlier claim that Sen. de Lima allowed her former driver, Ronnie Dayan to receive money from top drug lords inside the Bilibid, and that they had a romantic relationship despite the fact that her driver is already married. There were reports that the LP senator had a house built for him in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.
Shortly after, Senator Leila de Lima responded to President Duterte’s calling her to resign. She said that resigning would mean that she is guilty in all the accusations against her. Just last week, the president released on what he calls a drug matrix inside the Bilibid, wherein he included her, former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, and others.
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“Resignation at this point will be an admission of guilt and a sign of weakness. I’m neither weak nor guilty,” Senator Leila de Lima was quoted in a statement. In her earlier statement, the senator said that some parts of the president’s accusations to her is real, but she categorically denied buying a house for Dayan, and being involved in illegal drugs.