Senator Leila de Lima expressed her dismay thru her statements regarding the investigation that House of Representatives is conducting on the illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
On a printed statement released on Tuesday, De Lima said, "I have no adequate words to express my utter dismay about the lack of foresight and/or utter lack sheer humanity displayed today during what I can only describe as a blatant exercise in harassment and persecution that is so-called House of Representatives "inquiry". I condemn and vehemently protest the sheer indecency and foulness allowing my cellphone number and home address to be publicly closed. They have victimized me over and over again, and just when I thought I could not feel more betrayed, they have once again proven that I have underestimated their audacity and evilness."
During the inquiry, witness Herbert Colango, a high profile inmate in NBP, testified that he was able to talk to former Secretary of Justice and present Senator Leila de Lima over the phone thru his security aid, "Jonel Sanchez". He provided De Lima's mobile number as evidence that he really has contact to the Senator.
De Lima also stated that as of 8:00pm of September 20, 2016, she has been bombarded by text messages, numbering almost 2,000, and phone calls from unknown persons, threatening, harassing and calling her the vilest of names.
"They have basically destroyed my right to privacy and security in my communications and in my abode. I am now literally a persecuted person displaced from my home. Worse, they have turned people into weapons of destruction", said the Senator.
She also added that this is the country that we live in today. We shame ourselves before our countrymen and the world that we dare to compare ourselves to Singapore in terms of making people safe. What the people have to realize is that this is not just an offense against me, but against everyone. They are making me into an example of what will happen to those who dare criticize and call out the abuses of those in power. Who would dare stand up for others now? The victim here is the people, the oppressed.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives continues the second part of the inquiry presenting 4 more witnesses against De Lima on the involvement on illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prison.