- Senator Leila De Lima has spoken up on the latest issue linking her to a man named “Warren”
- De Lima admitted sending a letter to Tolentino regarding ‘Warren’, but claimed it was an official request
- She dismissed the recent controversy as plain ‘tsismis’ or rumor
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila De Lima has dismissed as ‘plain rumor’ the latest allegation by President Duterte linking her romantically to a man named ‘Warren”, who is supposedly a former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) employee.
In an interview with reporters on Thursday, De Lima said “Warren” is a former traffic enforcer who is assigned to her security detail. She said she pities the man after being dragged into the controversy.
“He was just assigned to me and is no longer connected with the MMDA,” De Lima said.
De Lima was also surprised that Duterte named former MMDA chair FrancisTolentino, her ex-Liberal Party mate, as his source of information.
“It would be so awkward…he would not know whether to admit or not to that tsismis. It’s plain tsismis,” the senator said.
On the allegation that she supposedly sent a letter to Tolentino in behalf of ‘Warren’, De Lima admitted she indeed sent a written request regarding ‘Warren’ to the ex-MMDA chief.
“It was an official request to Tolentino…it’s regarding Warren as a former MMDA enforcer,” she said, but declined to elaborate on the nature of the letter.
However, according to De Lima, the letter is not enough proof to show that she was romantically involved with the man.
“Is that evidence of my relationship? My God, grabe naman ito!” said the senator.
On Thursday, former senator Jinggoy Estrada surprised the social media with his own revelation on Facebook regarding De Lima’s supposed new lover.
On his Facebook account CitiSen Jee, Estrada shared a photo of a certain ‘Warren Cristobal’ whom he identified as the senators’ latest paramour.
He also questioned the ‘fleet of vehicles’ supposedly owned by the man; insinuating that these may have been gifts he received from the senator.
Meanwhile, De Lima slammed the latest controversy about her personal life; saying it’s very offensive to her as a woman.
Nevertheless, the senator stressed that these attacks against her as a person will not break her spirit.