De Lima blasts 'public hanging' in House probe

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Posted at Nov 24 2016 08:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 24 2016 10:00 PM

Senator Leila de Lima. NPPA

MANILA - (UPDATE) Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday admitted that she was hurt after her personal life and relationship became the topic of the House inquiry on her alleged involvement in the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

In a statement, De Lima said she did not watch the House inquiry in its entirety, which focused on her relationship with her former driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan.

"I did not watch the entirety of my public hanging. It’s a spectacle that diverts us from more important national issues, and I don't believe I am one. But soon, I will face my detractors," she said.

"The glaring inconsistencies of statements from all 'witnesses' in the House inquiry to this Bilibid Prison drug trade conspiracy speak for itself," De Lima added.

De Lima also said it is heartbreaking to see lawmakers dwelling on her personal relationships just to implicate her.

"As a woman, it breaks my heart that my private life and personal relationship have become subject of the public and Congress' ridicule."

"No woman, whoever or whatever she may be, whether a sitting senator or a humble secretary, deserves to be betrayed, to be treated with so much disrespect and without dignity, before the public eye, by any man she is with or had a relationship with," she also said.

De Lima, likewise, lamented how the people she trusted fell prey to deceit and intimidation, twisting facts to save themselves.

"It is a shame that those I trusted fell into the trap of power, deceit, fear and intimidation that they found it necessary to lie and twist truths to save themselves," she said.

'UNPARLIAMENTARY' 

Senators Bam Aquino, Frank Drilon and Francis Pangilinan, meanwhile, called the conduct of some members of the House Committee on Justice "unparliamentary."

"The disrespectful and condescending line of questioning-- which at one point seemed to justify an act of domestic violence-- has no place in the halls of Congress," they said.

The senators were referring to questions about De Lima and Dayan's relationship. 

At one point, House Deputy Speaker Fred Castro asked Dayan whether his love for the former justice secretary was pure.

Dayan was also asked whether he took advantage of De Lima's "frailties as a woman."

Dayan, was allegedly De Lima's bagman, collecting drug payoffs for the lady senator.