Roque to Sen. De Lima : 'May you spend the rest of your life in jail'

Roque to Sen. De Lima : 'May you spend the rest of your life in jail'

Is this the wish of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque for the mother of all drug lords?

A few days back the Presidential Spokesperson greeted detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima on her first year-“On the one year anniversary of Senator Leila de Lima’s incarceration, let me first greet Sen. Leila de Lima a happy anniversary.”

De Lima, an opposition senator is considered as a fierce of the Duterte administration, had been in detention since February 24, 2017 at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame on illegal drug charges. *
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Opposition Senator Leila De Lima (photo credit to Manila Bulletin)


The senator in her answer to the greeting of the Presidential Spokesperson said that the latter has bartered his reputation and dignity for political gain.

“As I said, happy anniversary on your first year of detention. May you spend the rest of your life in jail,” Roque said in a news briefing as reply to the statement made by the opposition senator.

Roque branded De Lima as “a living symbol that the Philippines has become a narco-state with her election in office funded by drugs.”

“Senator De Lima’s incarceration shows that the criminal justice system in the Philippines is alive, effective and working.” he said “Senator De Lima has been detained because of drug charges. She is the mother of all drug lords by allowing the illegal drug trade to proliferate inside the National Bilibid Prison when she was the Department of Justice Secretary.”

The Presidential Spokesperson further adds that De Lima should refrain from influencing the outcome of her case and just let the legal process proceed accordingly” as her cases were pending in courts.

Senator De Lima has denied all the allegations thrown at her by the Duterte administration, and has vowed this will not silence her in criticizing Malacañang. And has called all this circus a political persecution being waged by President Rodrigo Ros Duterte against her. *

To mark her first anniversary in detention in Camp Crame, some of her political allies was seen arriving at the PNP’s custodial center, among those were spotted were fellow opposition senators Sen. Bam Aquino and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, former senator and Liberal Party President Mar Roxas, and fomer Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

Report from PNA


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