- Sen. De Lima dared President Duterte to arrest her immediately
- The senator called the President and his men cowards, fools and liars
- Several friends advised her to seek asylum from other countries, but De Lima said she will not leave the country
Beleaguered Senator Leila De Lima on Wednesday, September 28, dared President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately arrest her amid the continued accusations of her involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.
According to the Inquirer, the senator called a news conference at the Senate to denounce insinuations that the recent riot inside the national penitentiary, where a convicted Chinese drug lord was killed, could be her handiwork.
“Lahat na lang sinisi sa akin [They blame everything on me]. And they call themselves men! Ganyan ba ang mga lalaki [Are men like that]? They are cowards, they are fools, and they are liars!” she said.
“Tama na po. In your desperation, Pangulo, para siraan n’yo ako, hindi n’yo na iniisip kung ano ang nagiging hitsura n’yo sa mata ng bayan at sa mundo. Kayo na po ang pinagtatawanan, hindi po ako. Inosente po ako,” she said.
[That’s enough. In your desperation, Mr. President, to discredit me, you no longer think of your image in the eyes of the country and of the world. You are the one being laughed at, not me. I am innocent.]
De Lima claimed she and her staff are being harassed by the government; adding she felt so helpless.
She then dared the President to just arrest her.
“Tama na. Hulihin ninyo na ako ngayon. ‘Yun naman talaga gusto n’yo. Ikulong ninyo na ako ngayon [Enough. Arrest me now. That’s what you really want. Put me in jail now.]. I’m here. Do what you want to me, Mr. President. I will wait for you,” De Lima said.
“I’m not going to leave this country and escape anything because there’s nothing to escape from,” she said after some friends advised her to seek asylum from other countries following President Duterte’s pronouncement that she would surely end up in jail.