Leila De Lima’s tirade against Rodrigo Duterte could be tantamount to sedition

Watching another one of Philippine Senator Leila De Lima’s press conferences where she goes hysterical and spews conspiracy theories about President Rodrigo Duterte made me realise that freedom of speech is being abused by a lot of Filipinos. Those who enjoy the privilege of venting their frustration against the President like De Lima are the same people who keep insinuating that Philippine democracy is under attack. The irony of what they are saying and doing escapes them.

Leila de Lima's track record makes her unqualified to be a human rights advocate.
Leila de Lima’s track record makes her unqualified to be a human rights advocate.
Indeed, there is a lot of talking in the Philippines but not enough thinking. People like De Lima certainly don’t think before talking. If they did, they wouldn’t be saying half or most of the things that comes out of their mouth. Granted, one can say that Duterte is guilty of talking too much as well, but you can’t deny that he manages to work even when he goes on a tirade against the people who annoy him. One cannot say the same about his critics, like De Lima. The senator complains about not being able to do her job as a senator anymore due to what she thinks is incessant attack against her by the Duterte government. She blames other people for her inability to prioritise her work. She spends a lot of her time talking to the media and going on speaking engagements at forums organised by schools and the Catholic Church instead of working.

Frankly, mainstream media should already do a media blackout on De Lima. Her presence in the news is already starting to make some people sick. She seems to be all over the place. She has become the most photographed woman in the Philippines. Media photographers follow her every move. She seems to be enjoying the attention despite the predicament she is in. I don’t really understand why media organisations keep giving her the opportunity to talk about her “innocence”. She doesn’t even address the allegations directly. It’s hard to understand her point because she is shouting all the time. She appeals to Duterte to stop attacking her even though Duterte hasn’t spoken about her to the media for weeks. De Lima is the one who is attacking Duterte relentlessly.  

Hopefully, once the cases against her are already in court, she will be compelled to stop talking to avoid jeopardising them. Unless of course she is really that stubborn that she is willing to ignore one of the most basic rules in winning court cases.

De Lima seems to have found an ally in the Catholic Church. They recently invited her to speak after a mass at the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) headquarters. After living what seems like a hedonistic lifestyle, De Lima has become a daughter of the Catholic Church. It must be a miracle. We can believe it if De Lima shows more humility in the coming days. But we shouldn’t hold our breaths. The Catholic Church and De Lima’s alliance seems to have been born out of both being butthurt over Duterte’s tirade against them. Duterte has spoken out against the Church a few times in the past for their hypocrisy. Now the priests have decided to make De Lima their advocate of “human rights”.

De Lima is the last person who should talk about human rights because of her track record of disregarding the rights of others. She says she is a defender of the Constitution forgetting the fact that she denied former President Gloria Arroyo’s right to travel overseas and right to presumption of innocence. After that, she also ignored the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court allowing Arroyo to travel. I don’t know how she was not disbarred after that, I am guessing it was due to patronage politics, but just because she got away with breaking the law with impunity doesn’t mean the people have forgotten about it.

Speaking of human rights, in her new bill the “Anti-Extrajudicial Killing of 2016” she is proposing requiring the police to issue a warning before arresting a suspect by announcing the same through a megaphone. Some are saying that her proposal just proves that she is more concerned about criminals getting away and less concerned about the safety of the police officers who could get harmed once the suspects get the chance to get armed or prepare to retaliate.

De Lima’s new bill that seems to be favourable to the criminals could explain why the crime rate was high during her stint as Department of Justice Secretary. The figures show it too:

》CRIME RATE up by 350% (2010 to 2014):

¤ 2010 : 324,083
¤ 2014 : 1,160,000

De Lima should be careful about the way she attacks Duterte. She could be starting to incite sedition. She warns that Duterte wants to set up a revolutionary government that would do away with Congress. She is getting paranoid and reckless with her words. She doesn’t realise that she could scare investors and promote discord in Philippine society. With senators like her, the public may even be happy for Duterte to get rid of them. She is proving to be useless as a senator. She has accomplished nothing but promote disunity and fear in Philippine society since she became a senator. If she’s not guilty of the allegations she played a role in the illegal drug trade inside the nation’s penitentiary, the New Bilibid Prison, then she is guilty of destabilising the country. That should definitely be punishable by imprisonment.

[Photo courtesy GMA News Online.]

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111Hyden007Toro9999.9999
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111Hyden007Toro9999.9999
The Roman Catholic Church has priests who were found guilty of molesting young boys and girls. If they defend De Lima, who is an immoral woman. They are defending immorality in public office. De Lima , Aquino , Mar Roxas, etc…are also the cause of illegal Shabu Drug proliferation in our country. Religion should get out of politics. They should be involved in preaching the gospels of their religion. Not defending corrupt politicians. The faster De Lima is locked up in jail; the better. This evil woman wants to take the whole Philippines down; as she goes down ! Again,… Read more »
Felipe
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What De Lima & the Catholic Church should understand is that: [1] Not only are illegal drugs evil by themselves, these also lead to other evils—–i.e. heinous crimes like rape, murder, violent robbery, & so on. The safety & security of these victims are effectively the president’s prime directive. The human rights of these victims should be given more importance & emphasis over the so-called “rights” of druggies (which they’ve practically abused & forfeited), [2] Methods have to be aggressive just to put a dent on the illegal drug modus. [3] This problem is so urgent, it demands to be… Read more »
Johnny Derp
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Another bullseye of an article Ms.Ilda although the same could be said of some of the anti duterte supporters. They really should stop with the whining and start appreciating how much of an improvement this administration is over the last incompetent piece of crap we had for the past 6 years.

Umberto
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Interested to see “JoeAm”‘s dissenting opinion on this issue. “JoeAm”, pasok. =)

Dick S. O'Rosary
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Whatever he writes, it will not be portrayed as a “dissenting opinion,” but as a “disente” opinion.

Umberto
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Yeah he’s right on time, too. =) Look below. =) LOL

gnogid
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Watching another one of Philippine Senator Leila De Lima’s press conferences where she goes hysterical and spews conspiracy theories about President Rodrigo Duterte made me realise that freedom of speech is being abused by a lot of Filipinos. How can Sen. De Lima’s criticism of Pres. Duterte be an abused of the right to speak by a lot of Filipinos? The senator complains about not being able to do her job as a senator anymore due to what she thinks is incessant attack against her by the Duterte government. She blames other people for her inability to prioritise her work.… Read more »
435Toro007Hyden99999.999
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435Toro007Hyden99999.999

Solving the problem of De Lima ?

Lock her up , and throw away the key …the way , she is asking for assistance from foreign entities and countries, is Pathetic.
De Lima is even using religion , and the young to gain sympathy !

De Lima is a criminal, who profited from illegal Shabu Drug business ! She used Narco politics, to get elected as a Senator…. De Lima, Aquino, Mar Roxas, and those involved , directly or indirectly in the illegal Drug Shabu proliferation, are the cause our country is now , a NARCO Republic !

Danny P. Dela Cruz
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To stop DeLima is to lock her up soonest. Media should stop giving her media mileage to attack our President. Freedom of speech is being abused by DeLima. Another thing, the Catholic Church should stop meddling, siding, and protecting corrupt politicians like DeLima.
CBCP should be concerned with their corrupt priests who abused minors, women and boys.
Thanks Ilda for your timely and very vivid story of DeLima’s improper attitudes. Lock DeLima up and kick her out if the Senate.
What happen with Ethics Committee ?

Red
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For once, I agree.

De Lima is an annoying whinning hypocrite, yes. But then again, these tirades of hers are her right and I don’t think she’s abusing them. She has all the right to criticize the government the same way we criticize her.

I say, we let her keep talking and let the people judge for themselves. Gnogid here may keep giving her the benefit of the doubt. And that’s alright I guess. But many people see her as the hypocrite that she is, and that’s alright too.

555Hyden007Toro9999.999
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555Hyden007Toro9999.999

De Lima is the mother of all Drug Lords. Our justice system; the evidences; the witnesses will determine her guilt.

The Judges, who will handle her numerous drug related cases of corruption will judge her…it will be their decision… not the people !

These are criminal cases…not election !

popoyb
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why would you treat drug lords’ testimony as gospel?

gnogid
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De Lima IS THE MOTHER OF ALL DRUG LORDS. Our justice system; the evidences; the witnesses WILL DETERMINE her guilt. – Bot Hyden

Nampucha, the bot needs calibration. De Lima is the mother of all drug lords, meaning she’s guilty but at the same time the bot is not sure because her guilt will still be determine. 😄

Dick S. O'Rosary
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@Popoy Because, testifying before a court, getting cross examined, one will be able to test their credibility.

gnogid
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I say, we let her keep talking and let the people judge for themselves. Gnogid here may keep giving her the benefit of the doubt. And that’s alright I guess. But many people see her as the hypocrite that she is, and that’s alright too. That is why the question of “How do you solve a problem like De Lima” is a hard one to grapple with. It’s hard to answer and at the same time stay on topic. “Bots” like Toro Hyden can only answer in his usual “programmed attacks” because to examine De Lima and have a bias… Read more »
Red
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The solution depends entirely on De Lima’s motives which at this point is hard to figure out. If you believe that she’s doing what she’s doing solely to uncover the truth, protect the citizens, and uphold their rights, then you may argue that there is no problem to solve at all. If her motives are sinister politics, then we let the government continue the case against her and let them persecute her when she’s proven guilty. Until we find out the while story, all we can do is to discuss and debate. At this point, we can’t really make anyone… Read more »
gnogid
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How do you solve a problem like De Lima? The solution is very, very simple: Prove or show that De Lima is wrong. Unfortunately, the other team cannot or is not doing that. Why? Maybe they don’t have a case against her. Motive? How long or how hard can you prove a motive? She has been shadowing Duterte since he was just a mayor. He’s been losing games against her since way back then and you’re still figuring out her motive? Wow! Man, De Lima, in spite of debacles and blockades we’re seeing the other team are doing against her… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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gnogid = numbskull

gnogid
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JimDiGriz = handsome, genius and a very nice person. 😎

Dick S. O'Rosary
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For once, you are on point. Good job!

565Hyden007Toro9999.999
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565Hyden007Toro9999.999
Pro Pinoy G. Nuguid alyas “gnogid: Who was responsible for the proliferation of the illegal Drug Shabu ? It was under former DOJ Sec. De Lima’s responsibility. Why did the National Bilibid Prison, became the Center of the Shabu Drug Trade and Operation? It was under the responsibility of former DOJ Sec. De Lima. Why are there so many Shabu addicts in the Philippines ? The illegal Shabu Drug Trade, even went into the Barangay level. Governors, Mayors, Barangay Captains, became Shabu Drug Traffickers. This was under the responsibilities of former Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas and Former DOJ Sec.… Read more »
gnogid
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bot Toro, don’t blame me if you are losing. I’m just watching the game and analyzing it. Your shotgun approach or what we call in Tagalog, “bara-bara” style of accusation is not helping the team. Proof of that is De Lima remains to bean annoying fly pestering and resting on Duterte’s nose. You talked of responsibility, so why not tell the Duterte team about it so they can utilize it against her? Why are they not using what you are saying? That’s for you to answer. So far, bot Toro you are embarrassing your team for failing to come up… Read more »
Red
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Unfortunately, the other team cannot or is not doing that. Why? Maybe they don’t have a case against her. Motive? How long or how hard can you prove a motive? She has been shadowing Duterte since he was just a mayor. He’s been losing games against her since way back then and you’re still figuring out her motive? Wow! Uhh they is already an on-going case against her. The administration has already presented their first set of witnesses. Now, if the witness accounts can be proven through physical evidences remains to be seen. Also, the same argument could be made… Read more »
gnogid
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I made up my mind? I’m watching the game and analyzing it, remember? It just so happened that my analysis tend to interpret the De Lima team winning the game so far and I have stated my reasons why. I don’t see it as one team supported by “Filipino community” and the other by “international media”. No such thing. This is a case of government officials that have a history, political or personal, between themselves. While you lean in favor of the gov’t. I still continue to give the benefit of the doubt on both sides. Why you’re holding back… Read more »
Baylee
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Delimaw, the hypocrite queen. She sure never hesitated to convict the likes of Enrile, Estrada, and Revilla for any graft and corruption yet this bitch keeps whining about injustice she’s getting, even though evidence of her involvement with the same type of corruption is so compelling. It’s just hilarious that she thinks she’s some special kind of person to get away same charges that she so readily threw at others she accused of before. CBCP are those who are against RH bill before cause they want more and more reckless Filipinos to do away better family planning and keep getting… Read more »
444Hyden007Toro99999.9999
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444Hyden007Toro99999.9999
Pro Pinoy G. Nuguid alyas “gnogid”: “De Lima is a juggernaut”, as per “gnogid”. De Lima is indeed a juggernaut… She is a juggernaut in her greed of selling Shabu to the Filipinos. She is a juggernaut in bed, expert on “Kama Sutra” on : Ronnie Dayan; Jaybee Sebastian; etc…whoever, she juggernaut with her tremendous sexual appetite. She is a juggernaut, in her greed for power, by using the Drug Lords in the National Bilibid Prison to finance her candidacy for the Philippine Senate. Now, the Juggernaut has turned against her…because, she is going to jail, for a long time…oh… Read more »
popoyb
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Ilda, being a writer you should be the last person calling for legal action on “hate speech”. Originally by JS Mill in On Liberty: “All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility”, surely even you would not claim duterte is infallible. Besides, we need a senate that’s not a rubber stamp. What happened to you? something changed starting with this presidency. Are you a closet authoritarian?

trix
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dejavu. nangyari na to dati.. remember ninoy? yung difference lang hindi na nila ngayon mauuto ang mga filipino citizens.
good read miss ilda

jong
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I will never give the benefit of the doubt to someone like De Lima. Laughable that she seems to be too concerned on what is happening on the streets, while when she was DOJ secretary, Vegas is happening inside the prison cells. How can you preach justice when you cannot serve justice to those already convicted. Even if we do not get to the money involved, there is just too much wrong that has happened inside Bilibid while she was DOJ head. I can even say those audiences on her presscons and speeches are cowards for not asking the right… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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Keep on shooting off your big, fat, disgusting pie hole DeLima. Fucking everyone is already sick and tired of your crap.

Even your fellow senators know you are a piece of shit. I’m not surprised the Church is on her side. They smell the same way.

gnogid
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The above is proof why De Lima is winning the game. She really makes them crazy and mad until everyone gets tired of her crap and eat their own shit until their sense of smell gets strong.

Score: Team De Lima 4⃣5⃣
Team Du Thirty 0⃣3⃣

🙈🙉🙊

222Toro007Hyden8976789.999
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222Toro007Hyden8976789.999

Pro Pinoy’s G. Nuguid alias “gnogid”:

So, you appoint yourself the: referee, the score master, and the YellowTard coach ?

Only a YellowTard dimwit, like “gnogid” will do that, self appointment. Then he/she declare himself a winner ! What a real dimwit ! LOL !!!

gnogid
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bot Toro, as a player from Team Du Thirty, that’s an unsportsmanlike conduct. Don’t be hot-headed or else your team will surely lose. And lose bad. : )

Look, you are trailing against Team De Lima. It would be better you improve your plays so that you can score against the enemy.

Don’t mind me, I’m just an observer. I have no control of the game you are playing. Your poor playing is what makes you a loser.

Play defense and effective offense, bot Toro! 😄

Baylee
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Delimaw just couldn’t be taken seriously. Her dramatics are even getting very tiresome that only the mainstream press cared enough to make her look like she’s been through so much crap boo hoo. Yet in the past, she unquestionably helped Arroyo get herself her jail card for similar corruption charges.

I hope this bitch gets roasted the way she did to others in the past. Fair is fair.

d_forsaken
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The real problem with big issues is that both parties have to be brave at the same time. Every G-D-F-SOB will tell you not to do that to get partisan advantage. Too many Failipinos in the Failippines are willing to deliberately harm their own country for partisan gain. That is borderline treason.

socsci_prof
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We must congratulate the nuns, the priests, and the journalists for haiing Leila de Lima as a new icon for feminism. Thanks to them, we now have a new concept of feminism, exemplified by De Lima’s grand achievements, such as enabling prostitution in Bilibid. When De Lima was DOJ secretary, VIP inmates at the national penitentiary could order prostitutes as easily as ordering a hamburger. Drug lord Vicente Sy testified that one reason why he paid DOJ officials millions of pesos to be transferred back to Bilibid was “kung gusto mo ng babae, isang oras lang, meron na”. Sy’s “friend”… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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My thoughts exactly, it’s just nauseatingly disgusting.

The drug peddling prison mama-san holding swank speeches in front of nuns and pupils. Just excellent.

What kind of a role model is that woman?

She has the charm and personality of a garbage dump fire covering her surroundings in toxic fumes when she is opening her fat, stinking facial orifice.

gnogid
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When De Lima was DOJ secretary, VIP inmates at the national penitentiary could do this or that, etc. During De Lima’s term, women were bought and sold like fish inside the national penitentiary.- socsci_prof Yes, but where are the tangible, clear, concrete, factual proof that De Lima orchestrated, did, committed and made all of those allegations? Without supplying your theory with legs I think it’s going to be a score for team De Lima again. I mean, we can always paint a picture putting De Lima in a bad light and motivate others to say “My thoughts exactly” but it… Read more »
Joe G
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First an attack on ‘DUE PROCESS’ by murdering stret-level alleged drug-dealers. NOW, lets get rid of ‘Freedom of Speech’.

As the cesspool know as De Republica de Pilipinas continue to dwell in the sewer, lets get rid of all the CIVIL RIGHTS of the people because someone doesn’t like the Senator.

Dick S. O'Rosary
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by murdering stret-level alleged drug-dealers

If they weren’t so “pasiga” and resisted the police, they wouldn’t have died.

Sorry, it has nothing to do with “liking” the Senator. From what it appears, her own peers turned on her for turning the Senate into a circus. Its her karma for violating a Supreme Court order upholding PGMA’s right to travel.

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