De Lima not resigning, mulls writ of amparo and habeas data for protection

  • Senator said she is not resigning amid accusations over alleged drug links
  • She blasted detractors for revealing home address and phone number, has since transferred
  • She is also considering filing writs of amparo and habeas data to protect herself

MANILA, Philippines – An embattled Sen. Leila de Lima vowed not to step down amid accusations of her alleged links to the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

“Should I?” Ako ang ginigipit nila sa mga walang katuturan na mga akusasyon nila and then ako ang magre-resign?” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying. “I don’t want to speak further baka kung ano pa ang masasabi ko, lalong magagalit yang mga yan.”

[Should I? They are implicating me over pointless accusations and then I’m expected to resign? I don’t want to speak further, I might say something they won’t like, infuriating them even more.]

De Lima, who revealed that she had to transfer to a temporary residence after her home address and phone number were exposed, blasted her detractors and said she is considering filing a writ of amparo and habeas data to protect her privacy.

“I’m mulling over several actions, including [filing a] writ amparo habeas data. I’m a subject of persecution and I’m no longer safe, I don’t feel safe. The truth is I’m not safe,” she said. “I have to temporarily leave my house and I am now in a temporary place of abode. Hindi lang ako ang apektado and because I live in a subdivision, kahit may guards, apektado ‘yung subdivision.”

The senator also said she is mulling asking the Senate additional security since she doubts the impartiality of the country’s law enforcement agencies.

“Can I rely on regular authorities in government? Can I rely now on the PNP for my security? Can I rely now on the NBI for my security? I’m referring to them as institutions. Can I rely on the AFP as an institution? Alam ninyo na po siguro ang sagot dyan [You know the answer to that],” she said.