De Lima to Duterte: 'A year of lies, promises. What have you achieved?'
Today, Friday (June 30) marks the first year since Duterte took his oath of office as the country’s 16th president.
MALACAÑANG said President Rodrigo Duterte’s first year in office “felt like three years” because of the amount of work his administration has accomplished, and took aim at critics who act “as if they were not Filipinos.”
However, De Lima said in her latest dispatch from detention at Camp Crame on Friday “Ginoong Pangulo, alam nating ibinoto ka ng marami nating kababayan dahil sa pangako mong tapusin ang salot ng droga sa lipunan. Ang sabi mo pa nga, in 3 to 6 months, masosolusyunan mo na ito,”
Where did all your promises go?
This was the question posed by Senator Leila de Lima as she hit President Rodrigo Duterte for failing to make good on his campaign vow to solve the drug problem in the country within three to six months.
“Makalipas ang isang taon, nasaan na tayo (After one year, what have we achieved)?”
“Nagresulta lang ang inyong ‘War on Drugs’ sa pagpatay at patuloy na pagpatay ng libu-libong Pilipino—karamihan ay mga maralitang walang kalaban-laban, kabilang ang mga inosenteng bata,” De Lima said.
De Lima said that instead of targeting poor drug addicts and pushers, authorities should go after high-profile drug lords and dealers and their protectors from the government, police and military.
“Itigil na ninyo ang mga patayan! Maaaring magpatuloy ang kampanya laban sa droga nang walang EJK at pag-abuso sa karapatang pantao. Ang tugisin ninyo, sa pamamaraan na sang-ayon sa batas, ay yung mga tunay at malalaking drug lords at drug dealers at ang mga protektor nila sa pamahalaan, kapulisan at militar,” De Lima said.
“Hanggang kailan ba ninyo gugustuhing dumanak ang dugo sa ating bayan?"
“Hanggang kailan ninyo ipagkakait ang katarungan sa mga pamilyang biktima ng walang habas na pagpatay?” the senator asked.
De Lima, an ally of the past Aquino administration, was put behind bars in February after on allegations that she benefitted from the drug business in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was still the Justice secretary. Duterte himself accused her of being involved in narcopolitics.
De Lima scored Duterte, because he focuses too much on the drug issue, which she said prevented him from addressing the much important problems in the society.
“Hanggang kailan kayo magbubulag-bulagan sa iba pang suliranin ng bansa—sa mataas na presyo ng bilihin, sa mababang pasahod, sa kawalan ng sapat na kabuhayan?”
“Hanggang kailan ninyo ikukulong ang katotohanan? Hanggang kailan ninyo itatago ang tunay ninyong kalagayan?”
“May hangganan ang lahat, Ginoong Pangulo,” De Lima said.
A fiery Sen. Leila de Lima faced the media anew and defended herself from accusations of President Rodrigo Duterte linking her to illegal drugs.
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