MANILA – Senator Leila De Lima on Tuesday claimed she got a warning from a credible source that the supposed monitoring being done on her has been heightened.
"After the hearing yesterday, mayroon akong source na nagsabi na ‘heightened ang monitoring sa iyo,’" De Lima told reporters.
De Lima is considered as the staunchest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. The president, in turn, has accused De Lima of coddling drug lords during her stint as justice secretary.
She has denied the allegations against her and said she is a victim of political persecution.
De Lima said she was also disappointed at how her colleagues conducted themselves during the third Senate hearing on the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. She lamented that the hearing centered on proving her alleged links in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.
"I'm so disappointed. May nagpo-poison din kaya sa mind nila?" she said.
She also noticed her former driver and lover Ronnie Dayan appeared stressed during the Senate hearing, compared to how he appeared during a House of Representatives hearing.
Dayan has claimed that he delivered a total of P8 million to De Lima from Eastern Visayas drug trade Kerwin Espinosa.
"I was under the impression he went through a lot of pressure," said De Lima.
She added Albuera police chief Jovie Espenido also seemed to be under pressure.
"Espenido was pressured na sabihin talaga na siya ang bridge ni Ronnie Dayan and Kerwin," said De Lima.
The senator, meanwhile, appealed to Dayan to tell the truth.
“Kalimutan muna yung naging relasyon natin. Isipin na muna ang bayan. Dapat magpakatotoo siya," she said.