President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday linked a senator to the illegal drug trade, claiming that she funded the construction of her driverâ€™s house with drug money.
Speaking during the 115th anniversary of police service in Camp Crame, Duterte indicated that the unnamed senator who kept complaining about his fight against illegal drugs collect money from illegal narcotics trade through her driver.
â€œAnd here is a senator complaining. When one day I will tell you that her driverâ€¦ who was also her lover, was the one also collecting money for her during the campaign,â€ Duterte said in his speech at the PNPâ€™s anniversary in Camp Crame.
â€œHere is a woman who funded the house of her lover and yet we do not say any complaint about it. Those money came readily from drugs. The intercept between Muntinlupa and the driver were far beyond, making sure that somebody was involved,â€Â he added.
Duterte then sounded like he would take back the allegation but still pressed on.
â€œIn fairness, I will never say here that the driver gave the money to her but from the looks of it, she has it,â€ Duterte said.
Duterte said the senator once initiated investigations on his alleged links to vigilante killings in Davao City and the infamous Davao Death Squad.
â€œBefore the press before entering the hotel lobby, she said I will prove that Duterte is connected with the DDS,â€ Duterte said.
â€œUntil now, she keeps on yakking and she has forgotten about the tape that I have recorded. I would like her to eat it in my presence,â€ he added.
Duterte slammed the said senator for politicking and posturing.
â€œHere is an immoral womanâ€¦ Insofar as the wife of the driver is concerned, itâ€™s adultery,â€ Duterte said.
When she was still the secretary of justice during the term of President Benigno Aquino III, Senator Leila De Lima initiated an investigation into the alleged series of extra-judicial killings of suspected criminals in Davao City.
De Lima has also filed a resolution in the Senate seeking an inquiry into the spate of killings of suspected drug personalities, which have been attributed to Duterteâ€™s ongoing war on drugs.
After hearing about Duterteâ€™s remarks in Camp Crame, De Lima told reporters at the Senate that it was â€œfoulâ€ for the President to say such things.
â€œAng first reaction ko lang, ayaw ko nang patulan yan. I dont want to dignify that. Itâ€™s so foul. Itâ€™s character assassination,â€ De Lima told reporters during a break in the Senate session.
De Limaâ€™s voice then started to breaking even as she became visibly teary-eyed.
â€œPareho po naman kaming propesyonal ng pangulo. Pareho kaming public servants so sana hindi na ho siya nagre-resort sa ganyan na foul means. To me thatâ€™s very foul,â€ De Lima said. â€”NB/RSJ, GMA News