‘Karma’ catches up with De Lima, says Panelo

  • The ‘law of karma’ finally caught up with Senator Leila De Lima, said Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo
  • Panelo also compared De Lima’s arrest to what she did to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  • Allowing one more night for De Lima to rest at home is a non-issue, he added

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo believes it is both the rule of law and the law of karma that finally prevailed following the looming arrest of Senator Leila De Lima.

Panelo, with whom De Lima had a verbal tussle in public, said it would be in the best interest of De Lima to acknowledge her arrest since it will give her the opportunity to refute all the allegations thrown at her in court, and not only in media.

“The rule of law, as President Duterte keeps on harping every time he has the opportunity, must prevail,” said Panelo.

Panelo also compared De Lima’s arrest to what happened to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was detained despite the absence of a warrant and a criminal charge.

“She (De Lima) is being given due process which she shamelessly denied FPGMA [former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo] when she was Secretary of Justice,” explained Duterte’s legal counsel.

“The law of karma has finally caught up with the Senator in terms of being arrested and detained. She, however, remains constitutionally presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, a presumption she viciously denied the critics of the previous administration,” Panelo added.

As for De Lima’s appeal to be given one more night to spend at home with her family, Panelo said it is a non-issue, hoping that the embattled senator will come to realize, in her mediation, “the validity of the cardinal principle that what you sow is what you reap.”

“Let her rest tonight and meditate on her sins of omission and commission that brought her to the rot she is in,” Panelo said. “She is now reaping the whirlwind of what she has sown.”