De Lima refuses to show up on ‘President’s Kangaroo court’

  • De Lima refuses to attend the forthcoming inquiry session by the House of Representatives regarding her alleged involvement with the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons during the previous administration and her term as justice secretary
  • “The House conducting this inquiry is Duterte’s kangaroo court conducting the Salem witch trials and burning me at the stake,” De Lima said 
  • President Rodrigo Duterte himself also made some statement regarding De Lima’s alleged involvement to drug trades, including her former “driver-lover” Ronnie Dayan

Senator Leila de Lima refuses to attend the forthcoming inquiry session by the House of Representatives regarding her alleged involvement with the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons during the previous administration and her term as justice secretary.

“The House conducting this inquiry to try me before false witnesses is not democracy. The House conducting this inquiry is Duterte’s kangaroo court conducting the Salem witch trials and burning me at the stake,” De Lima said on Sunday.

In a text message she also added that: “This is not democracy, this is an inquisition straight from the dark ages.”

De Lima also denied several charges held against her, stating that any evidence or witness testimony that would be released against her would be false.

According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre’s statement last week, six witnesses, among them prisoners, jail guards, and even De Lima’s “friends,” were prepared to testify on the House inquiry and reveal evidences of her receiving drug money from illegal drug trades inside the prison during her stint as justice secretary.

“As far as I know I am not on trial. No formal complaint has been filed against me. But that is the purpose of their inquiry with all the so-called Bilibid witnesses all lined up to be presented in the House inquiry,” De Lima said.

“They intended the House inquiry to be my trial in lieu of a court and a judge. There is no legitimate, bona fide agenda, in aid of legislation, that underlie such inquiry except to serve as another forum for demolition,” she added.

De Lima also sneered towards Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s statements wherein Alvarez told De Lima on Sunday that she just can’t continue talking just to deny the charges as that is “not how democracy works.”

President Rodrigo Duterte himself also made some statement regarding De Lima’s alleged involvement to drug trades, including her former “driver-lover” Ronnie Dayan.

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