De Lima answers back at Duterte, says she will not resign

  • Sen. Leila De Lima said she will not heed the call of her persecutor
  • The senator’s statement stemmed from Pres. Rodrigo’s earlier call for her to “resign and hang herself” after being involved in the illegal drugs controversies
  • She claimed that it’s natural for her to opt for self-preservation that one does not rely on the suggestions of those who want to see her extinguished and who wish her destruction
  • Duterte called De Lima “immoral” and said she is a bad example for women

Refusing to back down, Senator Leila De Lima said there is no need to heed the call of her persecutor.

In saying this, the neophyte lady senator was referring to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier call for her to “resign and hang herself” after allegedly being involved in the illegal drugs controversies.

“Is there any reason why I should be taking advice from the person who is persecuting and maligning me? I don’t think so,” De Lima was quoted saying in an article published by Rappler.

De Lima also claimed that it is only natural for her to opt for self-preservation that one does not rely on the suggestions of those who want to see her extinguished and who wish her destruction.

Admitting that the thought of quitting her post crossed her mind, the senator maintained she will not resign.

Dropping the thought after some reflection, she pointed out that resignation at this point will be an admission of guilt and a sign of weakness.

She, however, reiterated her decision not to attend the House of Representatives inquiry into the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) during her time as justice secretary or head of the Department of Justice.

Earlier, the Chief Executive blasted the senator and hinted on her private affairs by saying: “If I were De Lima, ladies and gentlemen, I will hang myself. The innermost of your core as female being serialized everyday.”

The President previously called De Lima “immoral” and said that the lady senator would make a bad example for women.

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