- Senator debunked president’s drug matrix connecting her to illegal activities in Bilibid
- She pointed to inconsistencies in the matrix, such as her link to foe Espino
- She said matrix is rubbish that a 12-year-old can make up, belongs in the trash can
- De Lima also advised Duterte to stop wasting both their times and focus on their real work
MANILA, Philippines – Brushing off President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug matrix linking her to illegal activities at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), a defiant Sen. Leila de Lima said she pitied the president for being fed the wrong information.
“Over the past days, I was furious with the accusation against me. But upon seeing this matrix, I just find the situation funny and I pity the president,” ABS-CBN quoted her as saying.
According to De Lima, the matrix was paradoxical due to the fact it linked her with former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino whom she ironically filed cases against during her time as Justice Secretary.
“Now, they’re saying that he’s my cohort. The way they fabricate stories is hilarious. This whole madness is laughable,” she said.
In a separate interview, Espino himself denied any collusion with De Lima whom he described as his persecutor.
Saying even a 12-year-old can make a matrix out of thin air, the senator stressed that the document was rubbish and “which any ordinary lawyer knows too well, belongs to the garbage can.”
“They cannot get real evidence because I am absolutely, 100 percent sure of myself and I am absolutely, 100 percent sure of my innocence. I have no connections whatsoever with drugs,” she said.
Taking a potshot at Duterte, De Lima advised him to stop wasting both their times so they can focus on their real work.
“It’s just a waste of time. The President has a lot of other things to do. Same goes with me. I would like to concentrate on my real work,” she said.