Senator Leila de Lima on Monday maintained that she has no plans to leave the country, after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) on her and five others allegedly involved in the Bilibid drug trade.
"Huwag na ho sana sila magsayang o mag-aksaya ng panahon dahil wala naman ho akong balak umalis para takasan itong mga krisis na ito. Kung aalis man po ako sa bansa, may magandang dahilan, like for example if I'm invited to a speaking engagement siguro," she said.
[They shouldn't have wasted time because I have no plans to leave to escape this crisis. If I were to leave the country, it would be for a good reason, for example, if I'm invited to a speaking engagement perhaps.]
In a memorandum dated October 7, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II directed Immigration officials to restrict the travel of De Lima and the other subjects, including:
- De Lima's former driver, Ronnie Dayan;
- De Lima's former bodyguard Joenel Sanchez;
- former DOJ Undersecretary Francisco Baraan II;
- former Corrections chief Franklin Bucayu; and
- former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) Executive Director Reginald Villasanta.
De Lima said, she personally isn't fond of traveling and doesn't do it often.
"Sa ngayon, wala akong intensyon na umalis ng bansa, lalo na ang intensyon na takasan itong mga nangyayari. Kahit ganyan ang ginagawa nila sa akin, hinaharap ko po yan lahat, 'yang mga ginagawa nila sa akin, dahil ayaw ko po magpakita ng kahinaan," she said.
[As of now, I have no intention to leave, especially not an intention to escape what is happening now. Even if that is what they are doing to me, I am facing it all, everything they are doing to me, because I don't want to show any weakness.]
She also maintained innocence and vowed not to leave the country to escape.
"I am innocent, and therefore I will not escape, kung yan ang gusto nilang ibig sabihin kaya nag-issue sila ng so-called lookout bulletin."
[I am innocent, and therefore I will not escape if that is what they are pertaining to in issuing that so-called lookout bulletin.]
-with report from Dennis Datu, dZMM