- Going viral is embattled senator’s defense of PNoy’s name-and-shame campaign
- She said at the time it was only right for president to shame corrupt officials
- Online community and senator’s foes said De Lima is getting a taste of karma
MANILA, Philippines – Going viral on social media amid the ongoing battle between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima is the latter’s own statement defending former president Benigno Aquino III for publicly shaming government officials in his 2013 State of the Nation Address.
At the time, Aquino blasted officials from the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration and National Irrigation Authority for being corrupt and incompetent.
De Lima — then Justice Secretary — said it was only right for Aquino to rebuke them for doing a poor job.
“Tama lang iyong isapubliko ni Presidente iyong kanyang frustration at galit sa mga ahensiya na iyon na nasa negative list,” GMA News quoted De Lima as saying back then. “Tama lang iyong ‘naming and shaming’ kasi mukhang hindi nga sila natatablan kahit nagfa-file tayo ng mga kaso, mayroong mga administratively charged, mayroon din mga criminally charged.”
[It’s only right that the President publicly expresses his frustration and anger at the agencies in the negative list. Naming and shaming them is right because it appears they are not fazed even if we file cases, there are those who are administratively charged and criminally charged.]
Now, De Lima’s statements are becoming fodder for her critics and opponents who said she is getting a taste of her own medicine.
Aside from Duterte’s supporters, those who clashed with the senator in the past are also finding her appeal to the president to stop his pronouncements against her ironic.
“I pitied her but this is karma for her, I feel vindicated,” whistleblower Sandra Cam said.
Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, who was blocked by De Lima from leaving the country for medical treatment even after they were given permission by the Supreme Court, also twitted the senator.
“Now that the shoe is on the other foot, how does karma feel?” he asked.