MANILA—Embattled Senator Leila De Lima, who has repeatedly denied allegations of drug-coddling, on Friday said that although most of these attacks against her were lies, there were “some snippets of facts.”
“There are some snippets of facts, snippets of truths but the bulk of it (allegations) are distortions, exaggerations and lies,” De Lima told reporters in a chance interview at the Senate.
De Lima did not elaborate which snippets of truths she was referring to but aggressively denied that she coddled drugs and used them for her campaign fund when she ran for senator.
“These allegations about me collecting drug payoffs in Bilibid—that is an absolute lie,” the former Justice Secretary said, noting that she has already denied these allegations in the past.
“I have repeatedly denied these allegations. I am denying it again,” she added.
The neophyte senator said that she could never betray people’s trust as being public servant.
“I will never do that because I will never betray my oath as a public servant and I don’t intend to ever betray it especially now that I have a mandate to the people,” De Lima said.
She added she did not want to engage the public by answering all the allegations, but hinted that she could call for another press conference before the Senate hearing on extra-judicial killings next week.
On Thursday, an emotional De Lima appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the personal attacks against her, admitting that she had thought many times whether to stay quiet or state her sentiments.
This was after Pres. Duterte, in his speech during the 115th service anniversary of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame on Wednesday, mentioned how a certain senator had a “lover” who accepted drug money from the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
Pres. Duterte made these remarks after De Lima last week called for a probe on the extra-judicial killings under the administration’s intensified anti-drug campaign.
The hearings are scheduled on Aug. 22 and 23.