Dispatch from Crame No. 379: Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s statement on the latest trumped-up accusations: BRING IT ON!


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Last Friday, I received a Subpoena from NBI requiring me to appear before it in connection with the investigation of a purported extrajudicial confession of Kerwin Espinosa for alleged violation of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

There being no copy of the purported extrajudicial confession attached to the one-page Subpoena, I have no idea what allegations or accusations are – again – being made against me.

From what I know, any alleged involvement between me and Kerwin Espinosa has already been the subject of a preliminary investigation by the DOJ, which resulted in the dismissal of charges – as it very well should have been. Thus, I can only assume that I am – again! – being falsely accused and being made to face trumped-up charges because this administration needs to cover up the rampant incompetence, abuse and corruption that have been the ONLY true defining hallmarks of the Duterte Administration.

Shabu shipments are being smuggled under their very noses, rice smuggling and hoarding are creating a crisis affecting millions of Filipinos, inflation is at a historic high affecting the entire Philippine economy. Sa amin nga raw sa Bicol, 12.5% ang itinaas ng presyo ng bigas at 19.2% ang itinaas ng presyo ng gulay! …

And what do they do? They revert to their usual strategy: pick on Senators Trillanes and De Lima! “Classic” moves from a bully’s playbook. Why solve the nation’s problems when they can, instead, attack the opposition?

I say, bring it on!

Habang niloloko nila ang taong bayan, nandito lang ako. Nakakulong man, nagtratrabaho pa din para sa Bayan. Lumalaban pa rin sa mga naaapi. Nagtatanggol pa rin sa Batas at Konstitusyon na tunay na tanggulan ng Sambayanang Pilipino.

As infuriating as these constant attacks are, I accept the challenge and vow to prove my innocence.

Balang araw, lalabas ang katotohanan – sino sa amin ang sangkot sa smuggling ng ilegal na droga? Sino ang nagnanakaw sa kaban ng Bayan habang ibinebenta sa dayuhan ang ating kalayaan, kasarinlan at kinabukasan? Sino ang nagluluto ng Revolutionary Government laban sa sarili n’yang pamumuno? Isa ang sigurado ako: Hindi po ako yun. There will always be a day of reckoning. ###

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