De Lima vows to be Senate 'fiscalizer'

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2016 04:19 AM

MANILA - Senator-elect Leila De Lima on Tuesday said she is almost sure that she will be part of the opposition in the coming administration.

Asked whether what role she will be playing in the Duterte administration, the former justice secretary said that she will probably be an opposition member.

"Malamang fiscalizer tayo... Malamang opposition tayo. Most probably, opposition tayo," said De Lima.

However, the senator-elect said that her decision will be based on the Liberal Party's decisions in the coming days.

De Lima also said that she will be vocal in supporting certain issues, vowing to champion them in the upper chamber of the legislature.

"Bilang senador, maninindigan ako sa dapat panindigan na issues. Magkakaroon ako ng sarili kong desisyon," se said.

De Lima said that she will not hesitate to criticize Duterte if the latter merits it.

"Depende. Depende sa ginagawa. Depende rin sa sinasabi. may mga sinasabi na hindi pwede," De Lima said.

She also urged the incoming president to reconsider his stance on capital punishment.

According to De Lima, the government must take actions to prioritize the enhancement of the justice institutions.

"It's about time na i-prioritize ang pagbibigay ng significant budgetary support sa justice institutions para maging mas effective ang criminal justice system," she quipped.

De Lima also did not mince words on the recent public shaming of suspects being implemented in several towns in Laguna.

The former justice secretary reminded the public that crime suspects also enjoy the constitutional presumption of innocence.