De Lima to Duterte: Arrest me now, I’ll wait for you

Senator Leila de Lima dared President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest her immediately.

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According to her, she will not run away from the allegations against her. De Lima accuse of involvement of illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prison.

“Tama na. Hulihin ninyo na ako ngayon. ‘Yun naman talaga gusto niyo. Ikulong ninyo na ako ngayon. I’m here. Do what you want to me, Mr. President. I will wait for you,” De Lima said.

“What am I supposed to do now? Tell me now. I’m not going to leave this country and escape anything because there is nothing to escape from,” She added.

“I want to fight here in the country. Hindi po ako duwag dahil wala akong kasalanan. ‘Yung mga nagtatago lamang, at tsaka yung mga duwag ang umaatras. Hindi si Leila de Lima. Hindi ako pinalaki ng tatay ko para maging duwag,” De Lima said.

President Duterte said in a press conference before leaving to visit Vietnam. “With all due respect…I think she is breaking down. I suggest she takes days off. If she keeps on yakking, she will have a nervous breakdown,” he said.

Earlier, President Duterte said to De Lima that she will surely be sent to jail. “Kung talagang aamin siya eh talagang makukulong siya.” He said.

De Lima said in a press briefing that her former staffs are being harassed in an attempt to testify against her.

“I fell so helpless. I cannot even help them with lawyers,” De Lima said.

“This is the worst challenge in its sobrang sheer brazenness. It’s almost surreal, unimaginable, unprecedented na ginawa ng sitting Pangulo ang ginagawa niya ngayon against a sitting senator because of personal vendetta and whatever motives he has,” she said.

“Tapos ginagamit as pawns, as tool, as instruments mga the likes of Aguirre and all other operators,” De Lim added.

According to her it was affecting also her family, and distracting her from her work as a senator.

“I have no option. I’m just here. I’m just trying to do my job even if I’m so distracted,” she said.

“It was taken a toll on my health, on my well being. My family is suffering ..No one in this room can imagine itong dinadala ko ditto sa loob na hindi ko alam bakit ako, ako at ako,” De Lima said.

Senator Leila de Lima wished she hadn’t won in the May elections so as not to be the target of the government.

“Napaginitan ulit ako when I initiated the probe into extrajudicial killings. On the other hand, trabaho ito, mandato ng bayan, may gagawin akong trabaho so ang attitude ko palagi, kung ano yung tama, ginagawa ko.” De Lima said.

Source: GMA news

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