To fight accusations against her, De Lima launches own fact-checking website

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 16 2019 07:21 PM

MANILA—Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Saturday launched a fact-checking website to counter "false content and misleading information against her" online.

The website, TrueLeilaProject.com, was designed to be a "one-stop destination for the Filipino populace, including journalists and researchers, to confirm the veracity of the malicious information and false narratives peddled against her by malevolent forces," De Lima's camp said in a statement.

According to the senator: "It’s difficult to go against a well-funded and well-orchestrated network of people whose obsession is to manufacture and disseminate fake news and outright lies through fake accounts and pages against me."

"We just cannot afford to be defeated by our own inaction against their falsehoods," De Lima added.

De Lima, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, was detained in February 2017 for allegedly masterminding the drug proliferation in the national penitentiary during her stint as President Benigno Aquino III's justice secretary.

She will mark her 1,000th day in detention on Nov. 20, Wednesday.