- Sen. Leila de Lima transferred to a temporary residence out of fear for her life
- She has received thousands of hate messages after her personal contact details were released in a congressional hearing
- Her home address was also revealed during the same hearing
Senator Leila de Lima has transferred to a different temporary residence; out of fear for her life after she received thousands of hate and threatening messages following the release of her personal number at a congressional hearing.
The senator’s home address was also revealed during the same hearing conducted by the House of Representatives about the alleged operations of drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison.
The lady senator said she decided to move house for fear over her personal safety, as well as to protect her neighbors residing in the same subdivision as her.
“I have to temporarily leave my house and I am now in a temporary place of abode. Hindi lang ako ang apektado [I am not the only one affected and because I live in a subdivision, kahit may guards, apektado ‘yung subdivision [so even if there guards, the subdivision is also affected],” she said during a press conference, as previously quoted by GMA News.
De Lima said the congressional hearing is a way for her detractors, who are mostly allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, to silence her after she initiated an investigation on alleged extrajudicial killings in the course of the so-called “war on drugs.” House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a party mate and close ally of the President, was the one who introduced the resolution calling for a hearing on the drug operations in the national penitentiary.
The former DOJ Secretary is also considering legal actions against her critics; citing the threats to her life. She is also considering requesting additional security from the Senate, as she says she can no longer trust law enforcement agencies to protect her.
“I’m a subject of persecution and I’m no longer safe, I don’t feel safe. The truth is I’m not safe… Can I rely on regular authorities in government? Can I rely now on the PNP for my security? Can I rely now on 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 d’yan [You already know the answer to that],” she added.
Earlier, 16 of her colleagues in the Senate voted to oust de Lima as Chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights as a result of her handling of the hearing about the extrajudicial killings.