De Lima not sure of seeking elective post

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Saturday, June 28, 2014


THERE are talks that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is being groomed to run for a senatorial post in 2016, but she did not confirm the reports when she visited Bacolod City Friday.

"I really don't know yet. People have been asking about it. I am not sure if I am up for politics," said De Lima, who was the guest of honor and speaker in the induction of officers, board of directors, and members of the Rotary Clubs of Bacolod East, West and Central held Friday at the L'Fisher hotel.

De Lima shared that before her father died in 2012, one of his wishes is that she avoid politics.

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He said, “If you still want to continue your public service, do it in any other capacity other than entering politics."

If the President would ask her to run, she said: "I would probably seriously discuss it with him if it comes from him. It is very difficult to answer which will prevail – the wish of my father or that of the President."

‘Not selective’

Meanwhile, De Lima yesterday denied claims that the Aquino administration is being selective in the prosecution of legislators involved in the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Senators Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, who are now detained after they were charged for plunder before the Sandiganbayan, have accused the government of selective justice because the Aquino administration is supposedly running after its opponents only.

“But that is not at all true,” De Lima said.

She added: “There are many names in the list but are under review. I will be the one who will clear that batch before it is filed. And as usual, I am just being consistent with our policy that we cannot be naming names until we are ready to file or until it is filed.”

De Lima said that in the level of the Department of Justice, the political affiliation of those charged it is never a consideration.

Regarding Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, De Lima said they will not question it if the Sandiganbayan will decide that he will be placed in a separate cell or maybe in a hospital in consideration of his advance age and his health condition.

“The President is leaving everything to the court to decide where to detain him if and when they will issue a warrant of arrest,” she added. (CNC/TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 28, 2014.

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