- Senator Manny Pacquiao said he sympathized with De Lima’s predicament after ousting her as chairperson of a Senate committee
- The boxer-politician added he pities De Lima but said truth must prevail
- Pacquiao added he asked for guidance through prayers before making the manifestation ousting De Lima
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao reiterated he has no grudge against his colleague, Senator Leila De Lima, whose ouster as chairperson of the committee of justice and human rights was initiated by the former.
Pacquiao was the one who moved to declare the committee once chaired by De Lima right after Senator Alan Peter Cayetano deliver his privilege speech on Monday, September 19.
But Pacquiao said that while he sympathized with De Lima’s predicament, he only did what is right at the moment for the truth to prevail amid the raging controversy on the former DOJ chief’s alleged link to illegal drugs in Bilibid.
“Naaawa nga ako sa kanya dahil syempre bilang may nanay din ako, may mommy din ako so naaawa din ako,” Inquirer quoted the boxer-politician as telling reporters on Wednesday. [I pity her because I have a mother too.]
“Pero kailangan natin ‘yung katotohanan, kailangan natin ‘yung tama para sa kabutihan,” Pacquiao added. [But we need the truth, we need the truth for the righteousness to prevail.]
However, Pacquiao maintained he has nothing personal against De Lima despite the two of them belonging to a different party. He said he would have violated the Constitution if he just let De Lima get away with what she did.
“Sa akin naman hindi ako galit sa kanya. Useless kung pahintulutan natin ‘yung masasama . It’s against the Constitution, against the law na bayaan na lang natin, hindi natin i-correct,” Pacquiao explained.
[I have nothing against her. It would be useless if we allow evil to prevail. It’s against the Constitution, against the law if we did not correct it.]
The neophyte senator, who supports Duterte, added he prayed for guidance before making the manifestation ousting De Lima, whom he described as ‘biased’, as head of the committee that is investigating the alleged ‘extrajudicial killings’ at the Senate.