Palace: Don't believe anything from De Lima


Posted at Dec 10 2017 01:55 PM

FILE PHOTO: Senator Leila De Lima waves to supporters as she arrives to appear before a local court for her arraignment in Muntinlupa, October 13, 2017. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA - Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Sunday urged the public to reject the statements of detained Senator Leila de Lima, which he dubbed as "pathetic" attempts be relevant. 

"We should no longer give credence to anything that comes from Senator Leila de Lima as this is from a polluted source, who was accused of drug trafficking by at least 13 witnesses," Roque said in a statement. 

"We consider her views as rather pathetic attempts to remain relevant and in the headlines, hence, these should not be taken seriously," he added. 

De Lima on Saturday called on the United Nations to pass a resolution condemning extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and urged the International Criminal Court to investigate reported cases. 

The opposition lawmaker's statement "reflects her utter lack of understanding of the principle of complementarity in International Law," said Roque. 

"This is no longer surprising since her professional practice was limited to election laws. To reiterate, it must first be shown that the State is unwilling or unable to prosecute crimes in order for the International Criminal Court to intervene," he said. 

He advised De Lima to concentrate on the criminal cases pending against her before the courts, instead of "engaging in political grandstanding." 

The 58-year-old senator is accused of accepting drug money from prisoners when she was justice secretary from 2010 and 2015. She is not entitled to bail and, if found guilty, faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. 

She has denied the allegations, claiming she had been locked up to stop her from criticizing the administration's war on drugs that has seen thousands of suspected criminals killed.