Leila de Lima’s statements in her CNN interview were unfair to the Philippine police

There are Filipinos whose actions can be considered treacherous. In their obsession to stay in power, they will do anything, including destroy the reputation of the Philippines with the international community.

Take the case of Senator Leila de Lima. In her recent interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, De Lima not only was critical about President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy on illegal drugs, she also undermined the members of the Philippine police force. When Amanpour asked her what she thought of the police’s defence that some of those who were killed during police operations resisted arrest, De Lima did not hesitate to say “I do not, for a second, believe that”. Her statement was irresponsible and outrageous.

Even without the results of police investigations, De Lima already gave her own verdict against the police based on her own gut feel. What kind of lawyer is she? She should have been disbarred a long time ago. It’s too obvious that she is just trying to save her own ass since her reputation is already in tatters. She doesn’t deserve to be a senator. Instead of looking out for the men and women in the police force who work hard for very little pay and benefits, De Lima badmouths them before the international community.

De Lima’s beef with President Duterte is getting out of control. In De Lima’s desperation, she is seeking the help of the international community to bring Duterte down. She doesn’t care anymore if there are other casualties in the process. She knows – since she was the former Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary – that there is a real threat the Philippines could turn into a “narco state”, but she still continues to throw accusations that the government’s war on drugs is violating the human rights of drug lords and dealers. A lot of people are wondering when she is going to cry foul over the deaths of helpless victims of drug-related crimes. She seems more concerned about the fate of lowlifes who wreak havoc in Philippine society.

I am actually surprised there are women who look up to De Lima. She seems to have become a champion of the women’s activist group GABRIELA. They see her as a courageous woman who soldiered on even after Duterte’s attacks and especially after he divulged her alleged affair with her former driver at the DOJ. A GABRIELA member called me out on Twitter for being critical of De Lima. She insinuated that being a woman, it is wrong for me to put down another woman. To which I replied, I do not discriminate. I call out irrational behaviour coming from both men and women. The members of this women’s group are acting irrational themselves for expecting me to go soft on someone just because of her gender. They are the ones being discriminatory.

De Lima will definitely not get a pass from me since she had been irrational since former President BS Aquino put her in his cabinet. De Lima had acted like his attack dog for six years. Besides, I don’t think she is an authority on human rights since she herself violated other people’s human rights in the past. It’s worth mentioning again how De Lima violated former President Gloria Arroyo’s rights:

We recall that there was pandemonium at the Manila international airport in November 2011 when Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima panicked after she found out Arroyo was leaving the country and ordered officers at the airport to help bar her from leaving for Singapore. And with the assistance of the media in inciting anger against Arroyo, some members of the public also joined the fray – besieging her at the airport. Her frail and helpless appearance on a wheelchair did not stop them from acting like a lynch mob. The scene resulted in a standoff because Arroyo’s supporters insisted on her right to travel abroad as stated in the Philippine Constitution.

De Lima’s initial violation back then was in defying the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order on the travel ban against Arroyo. De Lima even risked disbarment for ignoring the highest court’s order. Senator Miriam Santiago likewise questioned De Lima’s action citing the DOJ had no legal basis to issue a watch-list order against Arroyo since there was no pending case against the former President and was only a respondent in a joint DOJ Comelec investigation on electoral fraud at that time.

Senator Leila de Lima: Not an authority on human rights having violated these herself as DOJ Secretary
Senator Leila de Lima: Not an authority on human rights having violated these herself as DOJ Secretary
I don’t see De Lima as a champion for women’s rights either. She comes across as someone who uses her position to get what she wants. Some say that perhaps her former driver didn’t have a choice but be intimate with her for fear of losing his job. If what they are saying is true, she is definitely someone young women shouldn’t emulate. De Lima also bullies other people. That is behaviour that both men and women shouldn’t pattern themselves after. Bullies like De Lima are actually weak deep inside. They mask their weakness by putting others down.

It’s quite disturbing that someone like De Lima is in a powerful position. Her endless yakking in front of the media is not helping the country move forward. She seems to be trying to divert the public’s attention from the fact that she was too incompetent to deal with the country’s drug epidemic as DOJ Secretary and how, while she held that office, drug manufacturing thrived inside the country’s main penitentiary, The New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano was right in saying she kept using the term extra-judicial killing too loosely considering she issued a set of guidelines that makes clear what constitute as one. The killing of suspected drug dealers is not covered by the definition stipulated on those very guidelines.

Indeed, De Lima’s self-serving actions should be investigated. The country doesn’t need someone who would rather look good while ruining the country’s standing in the international community and destabilising the current government.

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Danny P. Dela Cruz
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Sen. DeLima go to hell…

Bluefad
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Butcher that pig

Aeta
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Roast that guilty pig and feed her to the dogs. Then go after the rest of the pigs in the Senate.

777Hyden007Toro99999.999
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777Hyden007Toro99999.999
The whore: De Lima, is just a nuisance. She is lying thru her teeth in the CNN interview. Foreign Media should know this woman is the protector of Drug Lords, and is a tool of the Chinese Triad Mafia crime syndicate, operating in the Philippines… The Shabu Drug proliferation become widespread in our country , under her watch. The National Bilibid Prison became a Five Star Hilton Hotel for Drug Lords. It became a Shabu Mfg. Co. It was a Concert Hall for a Drug Lord, who wanted to become a Rock Star. Underneath, the Prison floor. It became a… Read more »
Pol
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100% agree. Put that pig in the gutter.

Bluefad
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Burn that pig, roast her and feed to dogs

andrew
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senator de lima tangina niyo po.
you disgrace us in the international media. i’ve read an article (i dont know if that’s true) that you are already asking help from international criminal court what the fuck is wrong with you? you are destroying the democracy of the country. 16 million voted for DU30 and you want it destroyed? are you being pressured by the liberal party? we know the truth about marcos and the yellows. it will not happen again. #neveragainaquinos #noyellows

Bluefad
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Bash all yellow skull to bits with a big bat

andrew
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look for

ENGLISH VERSION — THE REAL STORY OF DUTERTE’S WAR ON DRUGS

Rowena
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talagang neveragainaquinos! sobrang kasinungalingan ang ginawa ng mga yan maupo lang sa pwesto. pahirap sa mga pilipino. ngayon na mayroon tayong matinong presidente na hindi umaayon sa mga katarantaduhan nila eh sisirain nila! no way! hindi tayo papayag! Shame on you Delimaw! tama si Du30, hang yourself! now na!

andrew
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then scroll down to: ENGLISH VERSION — THE REAL STORY OF DUTERTE’S WAR ON DRUGS

kidd
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Could this reporter suck on dutertes nuts any harder? Take a look at any “drug war” ever and tell me it turned out good. Ignorance in its purest form

malor
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exactly…

a yellow tard
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there they go again the yellows, trillanes, drilon, and recto blocking duterte’s declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’ don’t they like it? it’s clear for the safeguard of the Pilipinos and a clean and respectful Motherland globally. what do they have in mind?

a yellow tard
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… on the declaration of the state of lawlessness, president duterte and the military can arrest those derailing/blocking for the betterment of the Nation. what a shame they did to the Nation and its people and clearly they don’t want a change? is there an argument for that?

andrew
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then scroll down to: ENGLISH VERSION — THE REAL STORY OF DUTERTE’S WAR ON DRUGS

a yellow tard
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the new administration should ignored the law of the yellow dynasty. the law now is the people’s will for a respectful Nation the Philippines. those who opposed should be put behind bars they’re against what the people want for the future generations to come…a happy, prosperous Philippines.

david
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Firstly, the international reputation of the Failippines was abysmal long before DeLima opened her gob. With regard to the current situation it was being reported and commented on widely without her help. Secondly it’s telling how you mention “drug lords and dealers” rights but fail to include addicts. And just how many “lords” have had their rights violated. How quaint that you seem so supportive of the PNP. Such upstanding officers one and all. It seems to me that your main bitch is that you would like business as usual the Filipino way. Bullshit and lie to the world about… Read more »
benjie
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kung i assume ko lang ang mga nagcomment dito… seems educated… Educated in the sense of they know how to play their cards.. meron lang konte kirot sa puso ko. The author is stating hindi xa nag didiscriminate, hindi lang xa nang discriminate, nang husga pa YATA xa.. meron lang akong equte “She doesn’t care anymore if there are other casualties in the process.” etong sinabi niya, did the war on drugs implementation ba hindi niya naisip na meron ennosente madadamay in the process? “We recall that there was pandemonium at the Manila international airport in November 2011 when Department… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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If stupidity would hurt, you would scream in pain all day long.

tomas
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Brad, punta ka ng charismatic prayer meeting. Mukang naligaw ka ata ng napuntahan.

benjie
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bakit po sir,,, guilty ba tayo discuss sarili nating masamang ugali. Mahilig ba tayo talaga magkalkal ng baho ng maybaho. wag nating pilitin ihakbang ang mga paa ng iba. mga paa natin ang kusang igalaw.

tomas
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Define ‘masamang ugali’ hijo. Dahil yun pananahimik at di pagpuna sa maling nakikita ay isag masamang uri din ng masamang kaugalian.

Drug lord
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@benjie. Just when you thought you are smarter than the other. define masamang ugali daw oh! E ano nga nga ka. Suntokan Na lang hahaha

yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader
At this point, most Filipinos already know that Leila de Lima is trying to get sympathy from foreign media because her credibility in the Philippines is way below zero. So the question now is, how can the Duterte government counter her foreign media blitz? De Lima’s ties to drug lords and her mismanagement of the Bilibid national penitentiary during her stint as DOJ secretary in the previous admin are common knowledge in the Philippines. So how come she is still able to get foreign media to listen to her? I wish I didn’t have to keep bringing this up because… Read more »
benjie
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yellowed out GRP reader says: if you are too genius, and too righteous, why didn’t you run for Government Post?

Jim DiGriz
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benjie, if you are a bit slow in the head, why don’t you just keep your stupid pie hole shut?

benjie
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wow! slow talaga ako lalo pa sa attitude na pinapakita ninyo…. bakit po ikaw ba walang dungis kaluluwa mo? Lahat tayo part of the shit we are in… kaya wag nating linisin ang kaluluwa ni Delima or ni Duterte. Kaluluwa po natin ang ating linisin.

DIO
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@benjie:

I believe that you are either missing the point or you’re just TROLLING. Perhaps both.

Why don’t you try to use your BRAINS for once and not rely on your emotions. Kung hindi mo pa rin ma-gets, please take your stupidity to somewhere else. You’re no different to Aquino apologists, son.

tomas
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yellowed out GRP reader says: if you are too genius, and too righteous, why didn’t you run for Government Post?

Wrong.

Anti-benjie
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why didn’t you run for Government Post?

Not everyone can fit to run and be working in a government post. That statement of yours is so yesterday and typical of old Filipino reasoning.

Or I guess you wouldn’t understand that one, anyway, it won’t do good for you son that advice. Carry on with your “old reasoning”, somebody will just shut you down here or, even better, we’ll ignore you altogether.

Are you sure you are in the right “religious” debate because you keep harping manners and good conduct and righteousness?

andrew
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benjie, may tawag sa mga post mo: argument from ignorance.

Jim DiGriz
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Good advise, I’m 100% with you on your statement. But, no matter how organized, the foreign media will not report anything that will not fit their agenda. Duterte is a rogue who came out of nowhere. He does not fit into any international norm that they understand or want to understand, so in their eyes, he must be stopped. In these times it’s bad to be different. If you are not one of the mindless sheep, you better fly below the radar. The local press is no different in a sense that they are politically influenced by the yellow numbskulls.… Read more »
yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader

Yes, I agree that foreign media will not report anything that doesn’t suit their agenda. But there are other ways to get the truth out to foreign audiences without relying on traditional foreign media. What Duterte’s team needs to do is replicate what they successfully did in the Philippines to counter traditional media during the elections. There needs to be a communications campaign on non-traditional channels, such as social media, for foreign audiences.

Why is it important to manage Duterte’s image among foreigners? Because of “Plan ICC”, the back-up to Plan B (read more here http://grpshorts.blogspot.com.au/2016/09/duterte-must-not-ignore-international.html ).

david
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Please elaborate. What is the agenda of the foreign media? Do they have regular meetings to discuss it? Are they all of the same editorial ideology? And why would they want to stop Duterte? Please explain.

Jim DiGriz
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GABRIELA should call out De Lima on being a bad role model for women and not harass you for pointing that out. These GABRIELA members need to fucking lighten up and switch on their brains. Maybe these pussyannas should take off their army boots, shave their armpits and cave of wonders and get laid once in a while. It can lead to amazing enlightenment! Dumb broads!

benjie
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ang Request ni Duterte is MAGTULUNGAN TAYO PARA MAPABUTI ANG ATING BANSA. hindi po niya sinabing PAGTULUNGAN NATIN KUTAIN AT SIRAIN SI LAILA DELIMA AT IBA PANG SECTOR ng LIPUNAN!

Felipe
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Hoist tanga! Sira na siya! She’s discouraging the ‘war against drugs’ from succeeding—She wants it to fail. Sinisiraan rin niya mga pulis—demonizing our men in uniform, & demoralizing them. Why are you people taking the side of the drug lords anyway?

You are just interested in taking political sides—the yellow side, instead of presenting more effective ways to battle this rising culture of crime. Naysayers like you are a destructive influence to society.

DIO
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Lies. Laila de Lima wants to discredit and discourage Duterte’s war on drugs just to destroy the President?

Or maybe you’re just living under a rock…?

d_forsaken
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The ego is what drives a self-serving individual named Leila Norma Eulalia Josefa Magistrado de Lima (Leila de Lima) who hates to admit she/they are wrong.

david
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The foreign media and institutions were watching all this long before Delima opened her mouth. Be happy guys, the Philippines is really noticed so much more in the world now….but not because of Delima.

Bluefad
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We need to skin her alive, and make it a leatherbag to warn yellowtards of their fate

emanon
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this woman is lying to the whole world dont listen to this is a liar. if you listen you are been fooled if you watch all the videos in the hearing there are a lot of lying to her part miss leading .. hope this person should be in prison for her link to the drug lords in the philippines. she is the one of the protector of it.

Lorna McDougall Johnston
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So embarrassing! It shows how disconnect we are in the government. That bloody wild boar needs to be incarcerated, she’s out of control !!! Sa CNN pa nagkalat ang matandang bruha! Does DeLima have a political coach? This boomerang on the senate, how tackles and how ignorant that woman is when it comes to international interviews! She’s just making herself absolutely hated woman in the Philippines. Nakakagigil! Bastos!

zaxx
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People simply don’t realize the astronomical costs of letting this loose cannon out in the open damaging the image of PH before the entire international community at every turn. Consider all the potential tourists and investors who cancelled their tickets and plans after hearing De5’s big mouth spew poison to put in a negative light all the positive developments Du30’s team had been working hard on (i.e., fixing the faucet Noynoy and his bunch of incompetents had left to leak all this time). Leaving De5’s big hole open is depriving us billions in tourism cash that could have been coming… Read more »
TheVoiceofReason
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Oh yeah…it was her…
Fyi. She is not mentioned hardly ever on international media.
Duterte is reducing tourists and investors all by himself

Felipe
Guest

De Lima, who herself is a human rights violator for political gain, is trying to mislead the international community on the real nature of this ‘war on drugs’. Careful with that tramp. She’ll use any means to gain political ground.